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Ornge pilot gives the paramedics on the helicopter the “all-clear” to unload the patient.
October 17, 2017

Up Close: Trauma team response

A pager beeps, signaling to the trauma team that a patient is on the way to Hamilton General Hospital, the regional trauma centre serving Hamilton and the surrounding catchment area of 2.3 million people.

Every day at our hospital, a diverse team of trauma experts are prepared to face the most serious, life-threatening injuries. When a patient arrives to the emergency department by land or air ambulance, the team works quickly and methodically to stabilize the patient’s vital signs, to assess the severity of their injuries, and to coordinate the critical first steps of the patient’s care.

These photos, the first of a multi-part series, provide a view in to a world that most of us hope to never see.