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Trauma and Emergency Care Research

Finding better ways to treat critically injured patients

Finding better ways to treat critically injured patients

With four emergency rooms, three urgent care facilities and two level I trauma centers, Scripps Health is committed to providing excellent emergency care.


Our trauma and emergency care research, conducted at Scripps Mercy Hospital , works to improve efforts to evaluate, resuscitate and manage critically injured patients. The center studies data from Scripps trauma cases and collaborates in national, multi-center studies.


Recent trauma research has studied:


  • Advanced radiologic imaging for central nervous system trauma
  • Bringing lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan to civilian trauma centers
  • Improving traumatic brain injury care
  • Chest injury management
  • The relationship between alcohol and drug abuse and traumatic injuries
  • Treating blocked airways


In addition, Scripps Mercy is a major part of multi-center studies to:


  • Contribute to the National Trauma Data Bank, a national resource for research
  • Study the impact of vehicle crash dynamics on occupant injuries
  • Test blood substitutes and hypertonic saline for critically injured patients


For more information about current trauma and emergency care research at Scripps, visit the active studies page.