Our Lady of the Lake Hosts Trauma Symposium

Our Lady of the Lake Hosts Trauma Symposium

Having access to advanced trauma care in Louisiana is essential, which is why our trauma team hosts regular events like this symposium to ensure that medical professionals across our state and region are aware of new developments.
Published: August 8, 2014

Our Lady of the Lake hosted trauma experts from across the region today at its 9th Annual Trauma Symposium aimed at improving emergent care and expanding the knowledge of trauma medicine for healthcare professionals in Louisiana.

“Having access to advanced trauma care in Louisiana is essential, which is why our trauma team hosts regular events like this symposium to ensure that medical professionals across our state and region are aware of new developments in treatment methods and are providing patients with the highest quality of trauma care,” said Thomas Jacome, MD, medical director of the Trauma Center at Our Lady of the Lake. 

More than 250 attendees gathered to hear nationally recognized speakers discuss current issues, trends and practices in the delivery of trauma care. The event, which was held at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, examined topics that include pediatric trauma care, active shooter medical management, the first five minutes in the trauma bay, and the collaborative process that contributes to saving lives.

“Since time is critical when caring for trauma injuries, every member of the medical team must act quickly and in sync with one another in their efforts to deliver the best care possible,” said Jacome. “Conferences such as this foster the sharing of knowledge around lessons learned, empowering teams to stay at the forefront of trauma medicine. Military activity and critical war injuries, for example, have recently provided us with new insights on tourniquets and the ratios of blood that we use in trauma care. We might not be sharing that knowledge today if not for the doctors and soldiers who carried it home from the battlefield.”

Our Lady of the Lake has the only Level-designated trauma center in the region, and is equipped with the latest technology to deliver the highest level of life-saving care to both adult and pediatric patients.