Trauma Drills Prepare Team for New Hospital

June 8, 2016

Dr. James Kempema describes the importance of trauma drills.

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A two-day simulation at University Medical Center Brackenridge in early June prepared emergency care teams for the new teaching hospital under construction across the street. Doctors, nurses, first responders and other emergency medical staff practiced transporting mock critically ill patients from helicopter or ambulance to a mock trauma surgery room.

“Patients’ conditions obviously can deteriorate en route from the helicopter to the emergency department, so it’s important that we understand how long it takes so we can perform those important, live-saving interventions,” said Dr. James Kempema, an ESP physician at UMC Brackenridge who also works with the STAR Flight air rescue system.

Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas is scheduled to open next May.

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About Emergency Service Partners, L.P.

Founded in 1988, Emergency Service Partners, L.P. is a physician practice management group specializing in hospital emergency departments (EDs). The physician-owned and physician-managed partnership serves more than 35 EDs across Texas. In addition, ESP provides pulmonary, intensive care, sleep medicine, and obstetric hospitalist services in Central Texas.