Treating trauma in Ashdod

Assuta Ashdod is the only hospital in Israel which has emergency medicine doctors on staff 24 hours a day.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
March 14, 2019 20:14
4 minute read.
Treating trauma in Ashdod

Assuta Ashdod’s Emergency Department is considered one of the best in the country. (photo credit: ODED KARNI)

 
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On a sunny winter afternoon, the atmosphere at Samson Assuta Ashdod Hospital is outwardly calm. Inside the lobby, a visitor plays a tune on a large white piano, and the nearby hospital restaurant is filled with lunchtime diners. Yet, behind the placid exterior is one of Israel’s busiest trauma centers. Dr. Debra West, head of the hospital’s Helmsley Charitable Trust Emergency Department, says, “Since we opened in 2017, we’re getting more trauma patients, and many more multi-trauma cases, in which multiple organs are involved, than we expected.”

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