Our head and neck trauma surgeons work closely with the
UC San Diego Level 1 Trauma Center to quickly and effectively treat traumatic head and neck injuries from motor vehicle collisions, falls and other emergency situations.
We treat these injuries with the highest level of care to get you home, recovered, and back to your life.
Emergency ENT Care
People who have experienced a critical injury to the head or neck and are receiving care at our Trauma Center will be stabilized to prevent further injury. Our ENT trauma team will then:
- Assess the need for resuscitation, establishing an airway, ventilating, fluid replacement and other responses
- Examine the skull for fractures around the eye, mid-facial skeleton and jaw
- Assess for cranial nerve injuries, major blood vessel damage, and injury to the aerodigestive tract. These types of injuries can affect breathing and swallowing.
- Work with radiologists to quickly evaluate the extent of injury using advanced imaging equipment
To properly treat serious head and neck injuries, patient may be evaluated and treated by:
Following discharge from emergency care, our ENT doctors and rehab specialists can provide all needed follow-up care.
A person who has sustained a life-threatening injury in San Diego County stands twice the chance of surviving than if the injury had occurred in nearly any other part of the U.S.
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