Programs that provide rapid transportation to health care facilities for accident victims and acutely ill or injured individuals who need immediate medical intervention both on the scene and en route.
Hospitals and other health care facilities that provide 24-hour diagnostic and treatment services for people who have acute, life-threatening injuries or severe illnesses.
Programs that make lifesaving techniques and equipment available to patients with acutely life-threatening illnesses or injuries who require continuous observation and, in many cases, intensive therapeutic intervention by trained medical staff. Intensive care is provided in special units or distinct parts of health care facilities that are designed for this purpose.
Hospitals that have trained trauma surgeons and anesthesiologists who are available on an on-call basis 24 hours per day to treat critically injured victims of traffic accidents, fires, gunshot wounds or other injuries during the crucial "golden hour" when their surgical needs are highest.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.