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Emergency and Trauma Services


Emergency and Trauma Services

Augusta University Health specializes in the emergency treatment of traumatic, critical care injuries 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, or call your family physician.

  • Emergency and Trauma Services

Our Approach

We serves a 13 county region including Augusta. LifeNet allows Emergency and Trauma Services to treat trauma patients beyond those 13 counties. The trauma center coordinates care for more than 1,500 trauma patients each year by following them through their hospital stays and coordinating care after leaving Medical Center at Augusta University.

Medical Center at Augusta University has the region’s only Level I Trauma Center - the highest level, with an emergency helicopter transport team and Emergency Communications Center. The 40-bed center includes a 12-bed shock/trauma intensive care unit and a specialized trauma resuscitation area within the Emergency Department.

Our specialized team includes a trauma nurse coordinator, trauma clinical nurse specialist, trauma registrar and one of the most highly trained physician teams in the Southeast. The team also includes many other health care professionals from pastoral care to pharmacy services. Our goal is to ensure the best possible outcomes for trauma victims and their families by providing comprehensive care.

LifeNet is the only nationally accredited premier air medical transport program in Georgia. It is part of the LifeNet Division of Air Methods Corporation, the largest provider of air medical transport in the world with over 365 aircraft and thousands of air medical professionals from coast to coast.

Criteria for Air Medical Transport

Pre-hospital / scene

  • Airway / breathing emergencies
  • Systolic BP < 90
  • Glascow coma score < 8
  • Suspected spinal cord injury or paralysis
  • Penetrating injuries of head, neck, torso
  • Blunt injuries to two or more body parts
  • Crush of thorax, abdomen, pelvis, thighs
  • Burns
  • Falls more than 20 feet
  • Major traumatic amputations
  • Major lacerations
  • Drowning's
  • Entrapment 20 minutes or more

Interhospital transfer

  • MI and acute heart failure
  • Patients requiring higher level of care
  • Unstable airway / mechanical ventilation
  • Cardiothoracic trauma
  • Multiple trauma
  • Spinal cord and unstable orthopaedic injuries
  • Neurological trauma
  • Burns
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Limb re-attachment
  • Limb amputation
  • Cardiac caths requiring intervention

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Ferguson, Michael, MD

Emergency Medicine

Torres, Rolando, MD

Emergency Medicine

Schafer, Ferdinand, MD

Hospital Medicine

Lyon, Matthew, MD, RDMS

Emergency Medicine

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