Methodist Dallas Trauma and Emergency Care
Emergency and Trauma Care at Methodist Dallas Medical Center – Level I Adult Trauma Center
Methodist Dallas Medical Center Receives Level I Trauma Verification
Trauma and Critical Care Services in Dallas
As a Level I trauma center, one of only three adult trauma centers in Dallas, the Methodist Dallas Medical Center Emergency Department and Trauma Center is prepared to handle a wide array of medical emergencies. This designation means that Methodist Dallas is qualified, staffed, and equipped to provide advanced care for all forms of trauma, 24 hours a day.
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- The 248,000-square-foot facility expands the hospital’s emergency, trauma, surgical, and intensive care capacity. The emergency department (ED) alone has 59 total patient rooms, including five trauma rooms and four triage rooms. Rooms are specifically designed for OB-GYN; pediatrics; ear, nose, and throat; and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program.
- Patient rooms have doubled in size, better accommodating hospital staff and families.
- The eight new operating rooms (ORs) are 50 to 75 percent larger and can accommodate large surgical teams and advanced technology, such as the robotic da Vinci® Surgical System.
- The neurocritical care unit is expanding from 19 to 34 beds, while the surgical intensive care unit is expanding from 20 to 36 beds.
- A new triage system in the ED helps to direct patients quickly to the appropriate care.
- There is a separate entrance for patients whose physicians admit them directly to the ED. They will spend less time waiting, as medical records and exam rooms can be prepared in advance.
- Nearby support services, such as laboratory, imaging, and environmental services, expedite care.
- Patient rooms are configured to allow for better staff coverage and collaboration.
- Physician team areas are adjacent to nurses’ stations, facilitating communication.
- A dedicated CT room and two radiology rooms are located at the center of the ED, improving access to advanced imaging technology.
- Portable digital X-ray equipment allows imaging services to come to the patient.
- ORs also have optional video access to education and teaming areas.
- Both the intensive care and critical care units boast improved nurse-to-patient ratios, allowing nurses to devote more energy to their patients.
- The ED waiting room and trauma area both have negative air pressurization, limiting the spread of airborne illnesses.
- The ORs’ sterile fields surpass industry standards, enhancing infection control.
- Patient rooms allow for natural daylight, which can promote healing.
- All patient rooms are private, with more space for visitors.
- Glass partitions throughout the units help minimize sound for patients who are resting while still allowing clinical staff to monitor patients.
- All rooms include private bathrooms, improving patient privacy and sanitation.
Methodist Dallas Medical Center Emergency and Trauma Services
Methodist Dallas is a primary destination for trauma cases throughout southwest Dallas.
The Methodist Dallas Medical Center Emergency Department is fully staffed 24 hours every day. Our team includes:
- Independently practicing emergency physicians
- Registered nurses (RNs)
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
- Respiratory therapists
- Certified sexual assault nurse examiners – part of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program
Every minute counts: Call 911
If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack or stroke, call 911 immediately. Do not drive to the hospital.
By calling 911 at the first sign of symptoms, you buy yourself time. Plus, you give emergency medical personnel the opportunity to start care on-site and en route to the hospital.
The clock is ticking, and every minute counts. The longer you wait, the greater your risk for losing heart muscle, brain cells, and quality of life.
G60 – Geriatric Trauma Program
Methodist Dallas Medical Center is meeting the emergency care needs of an aging population with its G60 Geriatric Trauma Program. The G60 unit has six beds dedicated to the special needs of older trauma patients. The higher nurse-topatient ratio allows the specially trained staff to be more attentive to patients, keeping them motivated and moving as well as watching for complications common in older patients.
Methodist Dallas Medical Center is involved with a number of organizations to assist us in the goal of staying on the forefront of emergency and trauma medicine, including:
CareFlite operates helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and ground ambulances to reach, treat, and transport patients quickly.
North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council
Representatives from the medical staff at Methodist Health System and nursing and administrative staff serve on the executive, medical advisory, and quality improvement committees.
Methodist Dallas Medical Center Emergency Department
1441 N. Beckley Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75203
Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.