Main Line Health released a new video recounting the story of a young woman, Sara, who was treated at last summer and returned to meet her physicians six month later.
According to the video, after sliding off the road and into a tree on July 3, 2011, Sara was rushed to Paoli Hospital's new trauma center. She suffered brain injuries, a broken humerus and five fractured ribs, and she required a breathing tube, X-rays and CAT scans. Sara is shown returning to the hospital to meet the doctors and nurses, though she doesn't remember them.
The video asserts the utility of having a trauma center nearby. Paoli Hospital's trauma center—the only one in Chester County—opened in October 2010.
In the video, Trauma Center Manager Kerry Larkin, R.N., describes the importance of the "golden hour," the first hour after a patient is involved in an accident or injured, when treatment is most effective.
"On average, Chester County trauma patients now receive critical care in half the time," down from 73 minutes to 37 minutes, according to a title slide near the end of the video.