As race car drivers hurtle along city streets at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour this weekend during Baltimore’s Grand Prix, they might find it reassuring to know that if they crash, they are only moments away from the nation’s first trauma center, the world-renowned University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland gave the world the concept of the “golden hour” and integrated trauma care.
The trauma center is nearly track-side, located at Lombard and Penn Streets, a block away from the race course.
A few facts about the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center:
- The Level I trauma center treats 8,000 of the region’s most badly injured and critically ill people each year — making it one of the largest trauma centers in the country.
- 97 percent of the patients survive.
- About 60 percent of its patients are injured in motor-vehicle crashes.
- Thousands of medical personnel have trained at the Shock Trauma Center and applied their training to start and develop trauma and EMS systems in other states and countries.
- Military medical personnel train at Shock Trauma before deploying overseas.
- Shock Trauma pioneered the scientific research of trauma care and the concept of treating patients within the “golden hour” in order to save their lives.