“Seeing people’s lives change as a result of silly decisions or choices is something that is hard to watch.”
Professor George Braitberg, Director of Emergency Medicine at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, has been dealing with the aftermath of road trauma for almost three decades. To George and his team, treating a patient from a trauma is like conducting an orchestra – everyone has their role to play. But that doesn’t mean it gets any easier.
“It’s a human business and it’s a tragedy that plays out on a lot of different levels. At the end of it you have a person who, before the accident, had their life, their aspirations, often had a life that was well planned out for them and then in the blink-of-an-eye kind of moment things will change,” Prof Braitberg says.
As one of two of Victoria’s adult trauma centres, the RMH Emergency Department (ED) treats 4000 traumas each year, with up to 1000 of those being classified as major traumas.
The Trauma team involves people from across various specialities of the hospital including Emergency, Neurosurgical, Orthopaedic, Plastic, Surgical, Intensive Care, Anaesthetic, Urological, Ophthalmological, Maxillofacial, ENT and Allied Health services.
Earlier in 2016, RACV’s RoyalAuto magazine went behind the scenes in our ED to follow the journey of several trauma patients; from admission and Emergency to Radiology, Theatre, Intensive Care and what it’s like for a patient on the ward.
They saw first-hand the devastating effects of trauma on our patients and their loved ones, and share these stories with the public in the hope that others won’t have to suffer.
You can support The Royal Melbourne Hospital by donating to our Emergency and Trauma Appeal.
To read more about Victoria’s life-saving trauma system go to www.racv.com.au/impact.