Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

Upstate University Hospital

UPSTATE IS THE ONLY ACS CERTIFIED LEVEL I TRAUMA CENTER IN THE CNY REGION, SERVING 1.7 MILLION PEOPLE IN 14 COUNTIES AND 28 REFERRAL HOSPITALS. OUR DEDICATED UPSTATE TRAUMA TEAM IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK TO TREAT PEDIATRIC AND ADULT TRAUMA PATIENTS.
 

OUR LEVEL I TRAUMA CENTER PROVIDES:

-24-hour in-house coverage by general surgeons, and prompt availability of care in specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial, pediatric and critical care.

-Referral resource for communities in nearby regions.

-Leadership in prevention and public education to surrounding communities.

-Continuing education of the trauma team - physicians, nurses and EMS providers.

-A comprehensive quality improvement program.

-Directs new innovations in trauma care through formal teaching and research.

-A program for substance abuse screening and intervention.

-We provide total care for every aspect of injury—from prevention through rehabilitation.

 

About your TSN Coordinator Melaina:

Melaina has been at the bedside for 10 years with experience working in a Neuro ICU, Medical ICU, Surgical ICU and Trauma ICU. She has been an RN educator for several years as well as a rapid response /code nurse. Melaina has a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo and a B.S. in Nursing from University of Rochester. She is a certified critical care RN as well as a certified trauma RN. Melaina is a Stop the Bleed instructor, Trauma Survivors’ Network Coordinator and an active member of the Society of Trauma Nurses and American Trauma Society.

What brought you to the TSN?

"I've worked with trauma patients as an ICU RN for many years. Throughout this time, I've experienced tragedy but also been a part of and witnessed some amazing survivor stories. I've come to care deeply about our trauma patients. As a TSN coordinator, I want to help our patients not just survive their trauma, but thrive and live happy, whole, & meaningful lives after injuries."

TSN Coordinator

Address
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, New York, 13210

Telephone
work: 315-464-4779


Community Resources

Al-Anon Family Groups

https://www.al-anon.org

www.al-anon.org Al-Anon offers resources and support to family members and friends of someone who struggles with problem drinking or substance abuse. United States: Telephone: (757) 563-1600 Toll-free Meeting Line: (888) 425-2666 Email: wso@al-anon.org

Alcoholics Anonymous

https://www.aa.org

Alcoholics Anonymous provides support and resources for people who struggle with a drinking problem or substance abuse. Confidential group meetings are available throughout the United States and Canada. Use the online locator to find the group and times that meet nearest you.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

https://afsp.org/

Mission: Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide. Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

Americans with Disabilities Act

https://www.ada.gov

The ADA website provides information and technical assistance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. 1-800-514-0301 (voice) 1-800-514-0383 (TTY)

ADA National Network

https://www.adata.org

1-800-949-4232 The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.” ADA specialists help families address complex questions on a wide range of ADA topics such as reasonable accommodations at work, building codes for new construction projects, accessible housing, and transitioning from school to work. ADA specialists also address questions about other disability laws, such as the Fair Housing Act, the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, and the Rehabilitation Act

American Chronic Pain Association

https://www.theacpa.org

Since 1980, the ACPA has offered peer support and education in pain management skills to people with pain, family and friends, and health care professionals. The information and tools on this site can help you to better understand your pain and work more effectively with your health care team toward a higher quality of life.

American Trauma Society

https://www.amtrauma.org

The American Trauma Society is dedicated to the elimination of needless death and disability from injury. For 50 years, the ATS has served as an advocate for the trauma care system, trauma prevention programs, and survivors of trauma and their families throughout the United States. Our mission is to Save Lives, Improve Care, & Empower Survivors.

AMPOWER

https://www.empoweringamputees.org

The mission of AMPOWER is to empower and strengthen those affected by amputation or limb difference through peer mentorship, educational resources, and community events.

Amputee Coalition

https://www.amputee-coalition.org

https://www.amputee-coalition.org/resources/understand-limb-loss/ The mission of the Amputee Coalition is to reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention. Resources and information for children, adults, and families.

Brain Injury Association of America

https://www.biausa.org

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) works to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education to improve the quality of life for adults and children affected by brain injury. BIAA is dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury. It has a network of state affiliates, local chapters, and support groups.

Brainline

https://www.brainline.org

703-998-2020 Brainline provides education and resources about Brain Injury and PTSD for both adult and pediatric survivors and their families. They focus on treatment and recovery information for moderate to severe TBI symptoms in both adults and children.

CDC Opioid overdose prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prevention/index.html

1-800-232-4636 TTY: 888-232-6348 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention funds national research, specializes in health education, resources, and raising awareness. Some medications, such as prescription opioids, can help relieve pain in the short term but also come with serious risks and potential complications—and should be prescribed and used carefully. The CDC highlights that the best ways to prevent opioid overdose deaths are to improve opioid prescribing, reduce exposure to opioids, prevent misuse, and treat opioid use disorder.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

https://www.christopherreeve.org

1-800-225-0292 The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

Family Caregiver Alliance

https://www.caregiver.org/pilotIntegration/indexPersistent.html?uri=%2Fhospital-discharge-planning-guide-families-and-caregivers

The Family Caregiver Alliance addresses the needs of family and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. It provides support, information, and tools to manage the complex demands of caregiving. These include online support and resources, navigators to help locate support services by state, and the National Center on Caregiving which unites research, policy, and practice to develop cost-effective programs for caregivers. Click the link to find out more about how FCA could help you or your family.

Hope After Head Injury

https://www.hopeafterheadinjury.com/links---resources

Hope After Head Injury exists to bring hope to those who have been impacted by brain injury in their life, whether going through the experience themselves or caring for a loved one. They understand that the journey through head trauma is a road that when walked alone can be scary and lonely. Through the voices of brain injury survivors and caregivers they provide awareness, encouragement, and hope. Click the link to learn more about Hope After Head Injury.

Mental Health America

https://www.mentalhealthamerica.net

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Resources and information for youth, parents, and adults.

National Center for PTSD

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/

The National Center for PTSD offers national resources for trauma survivors and families, which includes information about PTSD, resources such as the PTSD Coach Online, and videos from other survivors and professionals.

National Center for Victims of Crime

https://victimsofcrime.org/

(202) 467-8700 The National Center for Victims of Crimes 1. Advocates for Stronger Rights, Protections, and Services for Crime Victims, 2. Provides Education, Training, and Evaluation, and 3. Serves as a Trusted Source of Current Information on Victims' Issues. This website helps survivors and families find local assistance, learn about crime and its effects, and browse resources to help victims of crime to rebuild their lives. (Also see VictimConnect Resource Center)

National Human Trafficking Hotline

https://humantraffickinghotline.org/

Human Trafficking is a crime in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in sex acts or labor services against his/her will. If you, or someone you know, are a victim of Human Trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or visit this website.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers. For assistance, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), TTY: 1-800-799-4889. The Crisis Text Line is: 741741

Office of Disability Employment Policy

https://www.dol.gov/odep

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

https://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder

If you have gone through a traumatic experience, it is normal to feel emotions such as distress, fear, helplessness, guilt, shame, or anger. If these symptoms don't go away over time, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Visit this website from Mental Health America to find out about PTSD and ways you can help yourself or a family member who may be suffering from PTSD.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline (SAMHSA)

https://www.samhsa.gov/capt/tools-learning-resources/coping-traumatic-events-resources

This helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish. The SAMHSA website also offers a treatment locator to identify local mental health providers. For assistance, call 1-800-662-HELP, TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or visit www.samhsa.gov/

VictimConnect Resource Center

https://www.victimconnect.org

1-855-4VICTIM (1-855-484-2846) Chat.VictimConnect.org The VictimConnect Resource Center is a referral helpline where crime victims can learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately. As a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, it combines: a telephone-based helpline, online chat, online information, and service referrals

Youth Violence Prevention Resources

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/youthviolence/index.html

1-800-232-4636 TTY: 888-232-6348 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention funds national research and specializes in health education, resources, and raising awareness. Youth violence is a serious problem that can have lasting harmful effects on victims and their family, friends, and communities. Youth Violence Prevention efforts should aim to reduce factors that place youth at risk for perpetrating violence, and promote factors that protect youth at risk for violence. Many prevention tools have been developed and implemented; many of these prevention programs and strategies have been evaluated, and found to be effective at preventing violence and related behaviors among youth.

Coalition to Support Grieving Students

https://grievingstudents.org

The Coalition’s purpose is to create and share a set of industry-endorsed resources that will empower school communities across America in the ongoing support of their grieving students. They provide education and resources to help support students in response to the death of a loved one, school violence/shootings, etc.

VictimsFirst

https://www.victimsfirst.org/

VictimsFirst is a network of surviving victims of mass casualty crime and trusted supporters who have first-hand experiences of the problems and re-victimization that accompany these acts when there is a lack of coordinated effort and/or understanding of what survivors need.


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