VCU Medical Center opens new trauma unit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center has opened an expanded advanced trauma resuscitation room.

The university says the room is almost four times larger than the former space and is designed to handle mass trauma events such as those caused by natural disasters, large-scale accidents and terrorist attacks.

Emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters and other first responders from dozens of agencies have been invited to an open house showcasing the new space Friday.

The room is one phase of a broader renovation project. Renovation of the pediatric emergency room, radiology services and the triage area is already complete. New treatment areas for patients experiencing medical emergencies such as a stroke or heart attack, as well as an area for behavioral health emergencies, are expected to be complete by next July.

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