Jacobi Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center and has the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the Bronx. As a Level 1 Trauma Center, the Emergency Department is staffed and equipped to provide adults and children with medical care for any serious injury or illness at all times. Physicians in the ER are specialists in Emergency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
Jacobi’s Level 1 Trauma Center’s team of specialists includes: surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and pediatric surgeons. Emergency care at Jacobi Medical Center is comprised of: The Snakebite Treatment Center, the Hyperbaric Chamber, the Burn Unit, and The Stroke Center. In addition, the hospital has its own Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Approved Helipad that brings patient to Jacobi for emergency treatment. Emergency care is further supported by a large Operating Suite with the newest surgical and laparoscopic equipment and a dedicated Radiology Center with advance equipment.
Established in the early 80’s, Jacobi Medical Center has the only Snakebite Treatment Center in the tri-state area. The Snakebite Treatment Center provides life support and anti-venom, working in conjunction with herpetologists at The Bronx Zoo.
Jacobi Medical Center’s Hyperbaric Chamber is used for emergencies, such as smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning. The Hyperbaric Chamber is unique in that it is multi-person, able to accommodate up to nine patients at a time. The Hyperbaric Medicine Program has treated nearly 3,000 victims of carbon monoxide poisoning – more than any other hospital in the Northeastern United States.
Jacobi’s Burn Unit is a Center of Excellence, recognized for its advanced clinical research and educational programs and as a pioneer in the use of early surgical intervention to preserve skin and minimize infection and injury.
At Jacobi’s NYS Designated Stroke Center, physicians who are specialists in stroke use the most modern treatment methods to provide immediate intervention in saving life and minimizing stroke damage.
Nurse Inan: You never know whats coming in the door
Nurse Garcia: You never know what level of care a persons going to need
Nurse Inan: It could just be a little cut on the finger, or somebody wants food, or it could be a gunshot or stab wound and they need to go OR within 10 minutes.
Black woman: He's holding my fucking hand, na, get the fuck out of here, I'm not going nowhere.
Dr. Cohan: You have to, as an emergency doctor, or an an emergency nurse, you have to be able to suspend your emotions to a large part. Because without that, you see a lot of terrible things, and it would be very hard to do the work.
Unseen voice: My brother I love you. I'l pray for you, god is great don't give up. God is great, he's up there.
Dr. Cohan: Probably the thing that I find most trying is dealing with sick children, and I think a lot of people feel that way.
Dr. Johnson: It's the young ones that really stick with me because you see yourself in their shoes.
Nurse Inan: They could be my age and they're on the table fighting for their lives.
Nurse Garcia: 18-year-old who got shot, and his mother was young on top of it. But she just came in and broke down.
Dr. Cohan: We had a recent case when a young woman was hit by a car and suffered a massive spinal chord injury.
Nurse Garcia: That was hard, that one right there was really hard. I don't know why that one sticks out any worse than any others, but that one was really hard.
Crying girl: If I didn't move out the way, it would've been worse
Dr. Cohan: What does it feel like to save someones life, let me tell you that never, never gets old.
Dr. Cohan: Recently we had a young man come in the emergency room who had been stabbed in the chest. When he actually rolled in the emergency room he was actually dead, or what we call clinically dead, his heart had stopped, he had bled to death. We did everything we were suppose to do, and we were actually able to necessitate him, and get his heart beating again, and he went to the operating room, and survived and walked out a normal person again.
Dr. Johnson: It's like what you went into it for, it reminds you what you went into medicine for.
Dr. Cohan: Usually i'm on the opposite end of things, usually I'm giving the bad news to the family. Your son has been critically injured and things look bad. I don't say it in such blunt terms, but thats what I have to convey to them. So rarely am I able to tell someone in the emergency room, guess what we just saved your sons life, everything is going to be rosy, everything is going to be perfect. I rarely know that with the critically ill or critically injured patient.
Emergency room administrator: Sorry, medical notification in trauma one now.
Dr. Cohan: I got a patient
Emergency room administrator: I know you didn't hear it
Dr. Cohan: I heard it but I thought it was surgical.
Emergency room administrator: No, no, no