To make an appointment with a neurotrauma specialist, call 410-328-6034.
Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries occur every day as a result of motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports and other physical activities. University of Maryland Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery partners with the world renowned R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center to provide surgical interventions and consultation for patients experiencing these injuries. As the state of Maryland’s designated referral center for head and spinal injuries, the neurotrauma program at Shock Trauma is both a state and national leader when it comes to complex traumatic care and research.
What Sets Us Apart
Advanced Treatment Options
In 2013, the University of Maryland Medical Center opened a new Shock Trauma Critical Care Tower, providing 140,000 square-feet of space designed to care for the region’s most critically ill and injured patients. The tower has nine floors of patient care space, including 64 patient rooms and 10 operating suites.
Our trauma program is a pioneer in trauma-focused technologies, including:
- Hyperbaric medicine – The Center for Hyperbaric Medicine at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center is internationally recognized for its leadership and clinical application of hyperbaric therapy. It houses the only multi-place hyperbaric chamber in Maryland and can accommodate up to 23 patients and care providers per session.
- Trauma resuscitation – The Trauma Resuscitation Unit (TRU) at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center includes 10 resuscitation bays – each with the capability to resuscitate two patients simultaneously in the event of a mass casualty. Each bay includes a ventilator, pulse oximetry and cardiac and hemodynamic monitoring equipment. Immediately accessible are surgical instruments for everything from tracheostomies to chest tube insertions.
- Advanced neurotrauma operating rooms – Surgeons perform both emergency and scheduled surgeries in these state-of-the-art trauma rooms.
- Neurotrauma Critical Care – To ensure patients receive high-level, multidisciplinary care for their complex conditions, the Neurotrauma Critical Care Unit (NTCC) can care for up to 12 patients, each in separate, glass-enclosed rooms. Monitoring equipment readily available on this unit includes:
- ECG monitoring
- Hemodynamic monitoring, such as pulmonary artery catheter pressure, central venous pressure and arterial blood pressure
- Intracranial pressure monitoring
- Respiratory volume and pressure monitoring through mechanical ventilators and a glucometer