As the weather heats up and summer gets underway, Scott & White prepares for a busy season and a significant increase in the number of trauma cases that come through their doors.
“The uptick in traumatic injuries, particularly among the ‘high-risk' age group [teens and young adults] typically begins in May,” said Matthew Davis, MD, FACS, medical director for the trauma program for Scott & White Healthcare. “Students are graduating and out for vacation and, generally, there are more people outside doing water sports and other outdoor activities because it’s summertime."
Scott & White Blood Center medical director Walter Linz, MD, discusses the importance of blood donations.
Scott & White Temple Hospital is the only designated Level 1 Trauma Center between Dallas and Austin. In addition to the team of experts, there is another aspect to being a Level 1 Trauma Center — blood supply.
“We never know when someone’s going to need a significant amount of blood, particularly with a traumatic incident, so our inventories always have to be robust for all blood types, said Walter Linz, MD, medical director of the Scott & White Blood Center.