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Emergency Department

The Emergency Department/Trauma Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus — at Orchard Street between Chapel and George streets — is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to provide emergency care and treatment to those in need.

Renovated and expanded in 2000, our emergency department offers the most sophisticated care available and has many features for patient's comfort and convenience. These include a comfortable waiting area with TV and Internet access.

Certified by the State of Connecticut as a Level Two Trauma Center, signifying it has the equipment, staff and resources needed to provide high levels of sophisticated trauma care, it is only one of 11 trauma centers in the state. We treat over 55,000 people each year, including patients with life-threatening conditions such as head and neck injuries, typically from motor vehicle accidents; spinal cord injuries; third-degree burns; and gunshot wounds.

The Emergency Department at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus offers:

  • Rapid assessments of patients with stroke symptoms as well as the latest in stroke care
  • Rapid assessments of cardiac disease and trauma
  • Expert treatment for patients of all ages
  • A Fast Track service, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat minor injuries and illnesses
  • Highly trained and skilled medical staff
  • An expertly trained nursing staff, all certified in advanced cardiac life support. Many are also certified in trauma, pediatric advanced life support, disaster and Hazmat management
  • Access to mental health resources
  • The most advanced technologies, including filmless xray technology that allows the radiologist and physician to view test results simultaneously and bedside ultrasound for trauma patients requiring quick assessments for major organ injuries

Trauma Center

Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus is certified by the state of Connecticut as a Level Two Trauma Center, which means it has the equipment, staff and resources needed to provide high levels of sophisticated trauma care. Typically, about 25% of the visits to our Emergency Department are trauma-related.

The trauma team includes experienced, board-certified surgeons, emergency physicians and surgical sub-specialists committed to caring for traumatically injured patients. These include orthopedic, plastic, and neurosurgeons and radiologists-as well as specially trained nurses, anesthesiologists and radiology technicians devoted to all aspects of trauma care.

Members of the trauma team provide immediate care to patients with the most serious injuries, including:

  • Head and neck injuries from motor vehicle accidents
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Third-degree burns
  • Gunshot wounds

State regulations require these types of critically injured patients be taken to a state-designated trauma facility.

Fast Track service

The emergency department at the Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus has developed a "Fast Track" service for patients with minor injuries or illnesses, as assessed by the triage nurse. Fast Track features: Shorter waiting time, faster through-put for minor emergencies, convenient bedside registration to reduce wait times.

Let's Not Meet by Accident

We offer a free, innovative outreach program to help high school students understand the repercussions of impaired or unsafe driving and actually see the realities of trauma injuries.

The two-hour program, "Let's Not Meet by Accident — It Is Your Choice," is designed to show local high school students the consequences of drinking and driving, from the Emergency Department to the Intensive Care Unit. Students begin the program with a video presentation and hear from pre-hospital personnel about what happens at the scene of an accident. Then, one student becomes an example of an accident victim — placed on a board, collared and followed through the procedures of an Emergency Department trauma room. Students are brought to the actual hospital intensive care unit to complete the program.

The program has reached more than 6,000 students since it began six years ago. Schools are responsible for transportation to and from the hospital as well as chaperones for the program.

For more information on "Let's Not Meet by Accident," call 203.789.3561.

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