Trauma Program

As an American College of Surgeons verified Level II trauma center, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is a leader in providing the highest level of care for injured patients. The services of our Program range from prevention to rehabilitation.

Every hour of the day, the trauma team at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center provides surgeons, surgical specialists, emergency medicine physicians, nurses, and many other healthcare professionals to trauma patients in need of immediate care. The Medical Center provides state-of-the-art equipment to resuscitate, stabilize, and support the most critically injured patient.

We are host to LifeFlight of Maine, a statewide medical helicopter service that transports critically ill and injured patients. Our trauma teams triage incoming patients by radio and then execute hospital-wide trauma team activation to mobilize the appropriate personnel to meet the injured patient the moment they arrive.

We are also part of the Maine Trauma System (MTS). The MTS is a unique, voluntary system involving all of Maine's hospitals and emergency medical service providers. This system offers a comprehensive, statewide approach to trauma with protocols followed by all community EMS providers and hospitals.

Under the auspices of the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Emergency Department, the Trauma Program provides leadership in injury-prevention programs, research, education, community outreach, and trauma system planning.

From the emergency medical personnel at the site of an accident or injury to emergency care through intensive care, rehabilitation, and eventually a return to home, the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Trauma Program plays a vital role in the survival and healing of severely injured people throughout Maine.

In keeping with its mission as a regional trauma resource, the Trauma Program offers outreach visits and works with other hospitals in the region to improve trauma patient care. By sharing expertise between clinical professionals, we boost the region's overall response to trauma incidents.

Community Education and Injury Prevention

For people between birth and age 45, trauma is the leading cause of death in the United States. Trauma affects all of us. The Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Injury Prevention Program is dedicated to preventing injuries and deaths.
The devastating tragedy at Sand Hook Elementary School in 2012 inspired Lenworth Jacobs, MD, trauma medical director, Hartford Hospital to develop a program to help lay persons better understand immediate life saving techniques. Stop the Bleed is a course designed to teach anyone the A-B-C’s of Bleeding Control. Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center trauma program staff offer these classes on request at no charge. Class is approximately 1hour and 15 minutes long and includes a lecture and hands on practice component. If interested in learning more about bringing a class to your community or organization, please contact us.

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Use your head, wear a helmet. It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes. To learn more about finding the right helmet to protect your child’s head, visit the Safe Kids Worldwide website.

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Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has partnered with Safe Kids Maine and Quirk Chevrolet in Bangor to hold monthly car seat inspection. This event provides parents, grandparents, or other caregivers the opportunity to have their seat assessed for proper installation and placement. There are many other locations across the state where child seat inspections are held as well. To learn more and to make an appointment at the next inspection event, visit the Safe Kids Maine website.

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A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. To learn more and to watch videos regarding the dangers of concussions, click here.

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Distracted driving happens when you focus your attention on some other activity unrelated to operating the motor vehicle you are driving. With the increasing popularity of smartphones, distracted driving has become a significant issue for motorists. To learn more about Maine’s distracted driving laws and ways to avoid driving while distracted, click here.

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Bullying, commonly defined as unwanted and aggressive repetitive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, has essentially existed since the beginning of time. However, with so many more outlets of communication available at our fingertips, recent studies show bullying in schools has taken on a life of its own. For information on bullying prevention, visit the Maine Department of Education website.

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Northern Light Acadia Hospital has several videos and flyers discussing the challenges and issues facing our child and adolescent communities. Their Child-Adolescent Resource and Educational Series (CARES) highlights crucial youth mental health and wellness issues. For information on a variety of topics including youth anxiety, suicide, eating disorders, substance abuse, LGBTQ issues and more, visit the AcadiaCARES website.

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With a growing number of older adults living independently, it’s increasingly important to make sure that they’re safe at home. Falls, burns, and poisonings are among the most common accidents involving older people. Older adults who live alone may also become the victims of criminals who target older people. For helpful tips on staying safe, click here.

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Maine enjoys an abundance of exciting outdoor activities for every season. These seasonal activities also bring safety concerns. Visit the links below for tips on staying safe no matter the season. 

Bicycle safety
Pedestrian safety
Boating safety
ATV and snowmobile safety

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The Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Trauma Program offers internationally accredited trauma education for healthcare professionals on our State Street campus in Bangor. Available courses include:
In addition, the Trauma Program offers regular outreach visits and case reviews with our referring hospital partners throughout the region.  Formal Outreach visits provided up to two hours of multidisciplinary education with contact hours for doctors, nurses, and prehospital providers.

Finally, as an important part of its participation in the Maine EMS Trauma System, the Trauma Program organizes detailed self-assessment exercises for any Maine hospital that treats major injuries.  The Trauma Advisory Committee’s Technical Assistance Teams (TACTATS) work with hospital leaders to perform a local resource inventory and use this data to devise tailored processes for the triage, initial assessment, emergency treatment, and rapid transfer of major trauma.

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Fractures to the pelvic ring are a major cause of destabilization and death in blunt trauma. Depending on the type of fracture and the age and pre-existing health of the victim, mortality from pelvic fractures can run as high as 33 percent. To learn more about stabilizing a person with a pelvic fracture, watch this video.

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Medical Director: Amy Fenwick, MD, FACS

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Program Manager: Preston R. “Pret” Bjorn, RN, BS, TCRN

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Program Coordinator: Anna Moses, BSN, RN, CCRN, CEN, TCRN

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