Trauma Handbook. University of California San Diego, Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Burns and Acute Care Surgery

Mission Statement
The UC San Diego Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Burns & Acute Care
Surgery is part of the Department of Surgery. The Division was designed to respond to
any emergency call 24/7 with fully equipped, state-of-the art trauma bays and operating
room. Any patient with an acute surgical problem, whether trauma, critical surgical
illness, burns or surgical emergency, will be seen by a multidisciplinary team of
specialists including trauma surgeons, trauma nurses, neurosurgeons, orthopedic
surgeons, plastic surgeons and spine specialists. All aspects of care and all
subspecialties in medicine are coordinated in the care of each acute surgical patient
under the direction of the Division Chief, Jay Doucet MD, FACS, and the acute care
surgery faculty and fellows. Our team is present 24 hours a day at the UC San Diego
Hillcrest campus and ready to provide care to critically ill and injured patients. Our
mission is to save patients’ lives and health and return patients back to their families
and loved ones.

The care of the most severely ill or injured patients requires the cooperation of multiple
specialties and disciplines, but we at UC San Diego believe that surgeons with
advanced knowledge and training are the vital central element. Our educational
philosophy is to teach not only the individual basics of care of surgical patients, but to
teach the integration of care through a team multiple practitioners using interdisciplinary
process. By providing truly comprehensive care for trauma patients – from intensive
care through intermediate care, acute care, and rehabilitation – the UC San Diego
Trauma Center remains committed to decreasing the mortality rate from traumatic
injuries and acute surgical illness in San Diego County and region. I would like to
recognize all members of the Division for their constant efforts and commitment to our
vital mission.