The Division of Trauma Anesthesiology is dedicated to the resuscitation and perioperative care, including pain management, of every patient at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center; the hands-on instruction of paramedics, nurses, medical students, residents and fellows; and the discovery and promulgation of new and better ways of caring for injured patients.
The Division of Trauma Anesthesiology performs more than 6,000 anesthetics each year. The Division of Trauma Anesthesiology is the only practice in the country focused specifically on the treatment of injury and offers the only full time Fellowship in Trauma Anesthesiology. The division trains approximately 20 visiting anesthesia residents each year from the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, the Armed Services, and programs across the US and Canada.
An anesthesiologist is present at every patient’s admission to the Shock Trauma Center, to assess and manage the airway and facilitate early pain control. An attending anesthesiologist is available 24 hours a day for emergency airway management in the ICUs, for conscious sedation procedures, and for comprehensive perioperative care in the TRU, OR and PACU. Representatives of the division also train and supervise the nurses of the Acute Pain Management Service, providing advanced pain management modalities for more than 1500 patients each year.
Each year 40 Emergency Medicine residents rotate through the division to learn advanced airway and resuscitation skills, along with 50 student nurse anesthetists and the 50 flight paramedics of the Maryland State Police. Anesthesiologists from the division teach every University of Maryland medical student in a special “hands-on” airway management course in the third year and again as they rotate through the STC during their anesthesia training.
Read about our Trauma Anesthesiology Fellowship