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Description

The Johannesburg Hospital Trauma Unit is based at Johannesburg Hospital, and approximates to the USJCAH Guidelines for a Level I Trauma Centre. As such, it is the only comprehensive unit of it’s kind in South Africa.

The Johannesburg Hospital is a multidisciplinary teaching hospital, situated in the centre of Johannesburg. There are approximately 1200 teaching beds in all disciplines of medicine. The unit is self-contained, staffed in conjunction with the Department of Surgery of the University of the Witwatersrand, and consists of the following sections: An accident receiving area (Accident Service: area 163) An in-patient ward (Trauma Ward: ward 377) A trauma intensive care unit (Major Injuries Unit: ward 376) The accident service has the following facilities: 6 Treatment cubicles 2 Major injury resuscitation rooms for up to 6 patients 2 operating theatres 1 plaster room In-unit x-ray facilities for major trauma.

In addition, the Unit has full, 24 hours per day, access to all diagnostic, laboratory, and therapeutic support facilities of a modern teaching hospital. The Trauma Ward (377) is a 20 bed ward, divided into 4 High Care, 4 High Care Admissions (with the facility for over-night ventilation) and 6 Low Care Admissions beds, 6 moderate to low care beds, for all general surgical trauma. The Trauma ICU (376) is a separate unit, consisting of 8 intensive care cubicles. The staff are fully responsible for all aspects of the patient’s care in close association with intensive care staff from the Hospital’s protocol intensive care unit. The Unit therefore cares for all aspects of the trauma patient, from minor injuries to major polytrauma. The Unit’s staff deal with all aspects of the patient’s care, including some delegation to other specialities (e.g. Orthopaedics, Plastics and Neurosurgery). The Unit’s influence, therefore extends from the roadside (pre-hospital care) to rehabilitation.

In addition, the Unit has full, 24 hours per day, access to all diagnostic, laboratory, and therapeutic support facilities of a modern teaching hospital. The Trauma Ward (377) is a 20 bed ward, divided into 4 High Care, 4 High Care Admissions (with the facility for over-night ventilation) and 6 Low Care Admissions beds, 6 moderate to low care beds, for all general surgical trauma. The Trauma ICU (376) is a separate unit, consisting of 8 intensive care cubicles. The staff are fully responsible for all aspects of the patient’s care in close association with intensive care staff from the Hospital’s protocol intensive care unit. The Unit therefore cares for all aspects of the trauma patient, from minor injuries to major polytrauma. The Unit’s staff deal with all aspects of the patient’s care, including some delegation to other specialities (e.g. Orthopaedics, Plastics and Neurosurgery). The Unit’s influence, therefore extends from the roadside (pre-hospital care) to rehabilitation.

The annual patient workload is approximately 20 000 trauma patients per year, including in excess of 2000 admissions and 1700 major resuscitations annualy. The Unit is one of two major referral centres in the Johannesburg area, receiving patients from throughout the Province, neighbouring provinces and neighbouring states.

Learning Opportunities

The Unit is keen on involving Medical Students who wish to do their elective periods in the Unit. We regularly host students from England, Australia and Germany, as well as from our own University. Elective students participate fully in all aspects of the Unit, and receive extensive teaching as well as exposure to minor and major trauma. All elective periods are arranged in conjunction with the University of the Witwatersrand Faculty of Health Sciences.

Elective Details

Contact

Mrs A McLean

Faculty of Health Sciences
7 York Rd

Parktown, Gauteng 2193
South Africa

Phone: +27 11 647 2045
Fax: +27 11 647 4318

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

URL: www.wits.ac.za/trauma/

Sep 29, 2006