Following any major traumatic injury, time is of the essence. For patients located outside of Pittsburgh, UPMC's Teletrauma Program brings world-class trauma physicians to their local emergency departments.
As with any telemedicine program, the goal is to allow patients to receive timely treatment close to their homes.
Without a telemedicine system in place, emergency department staff often make the decision to transfer patients to a higher-level trauma center farther away, delaying timely treatment. Through the UPMC Teletrauma Program, we can help with more accurate and efficient transfer decisions.
In addition, UPMC trauma physicians use videoconferencing equipment in emergency departments at community hospitals to:
The real-time video evaluation enhances the ability of trauma specialists at UPMC to render timely and effective treatment.
In addition to emergency care and trauma teleservices, the UPMC Teletrauma Program gives referring physicians and providers at community hospitals opportunities to:
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