Greetings from the Professor

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 The Trauma and Acute Critical Care Center (TACCC) started in 1967 as the Department of Trauma Care at the Osaka University Hospital. This was Japan’s first emergency care facility dedicated to treating severely injured and critically ill patients. Positioned as a tertiary referral institution in Osaka Prefecture, the Department of Trauma Care contributed to the progress of emergency medicine in Osaka and Japan. After its relocation to the Suita Campus, the Osaka University Hospital underwent organizational restructuring in 2000, which involved reorganization of the Department of Trauma Care into the TACCC. The TACCC was accredited by the Government of Japan as an advanced critical care and emergency center in 2001. The TACCC was established with the goal of becoming the frontrunner in emergency medicine in 21st-century Japan. For this purpose, the center significantly increased the bed and staff numbers, and strengthened intramural collaboration with the life science–related sections, departments, and institutions of Osaka University, including the hospital departments, basic medical science departments, and the Research Institute for Microbial Diseases.

 We provide around-the-clock service to critically ill and injured patients of all ages. We are devoted to developing better diagnostic and treatment methods. The goal of the TACCC is to provide patients with the best clinical care in all medical fields through our interdisciplinary teamwork between emergency care physicians, physicians of different specialties, and other professionals.

 Ten years have passed since the inauguration of the TACCC. The last decade has witnessed large changes in social circumstances relating to emergency care in Osaka, as well as the need for such care. In 2008, Osaka University Hospital was designated as the home base for Osaka Prefecture’s ambulance helicopter services. This designation widened the Hospital’s responsibilities to include the management of the urban air ambulance services and disaster relief activities. In 2010, we introduced a 256-detector-row computed tomography (CT) scanner. This equipment has improved our life-saving efforts in the emergency treatment unit. In addition, we have developed a fast on-line support network between the TACCC and secondary emergency care hospitals in Osaka Prefecture as part of the National Government’s Emergency Care Support Center Initiative. This allows our emergency care specialists to provide advice and suggestions on-line to participating institutions taking care of patients with difficult conditions.

 The TACCC, also known as the Department of Traumatology and Acute Critical Medicine, advances the discipline of emergency medicine while developing and maintaining clinical competency. Clinical medicine requires evidence and theoretical support for its development. It is an exciting task to use the perspective of basic medicine to find solutions to the questions and problems we come across during clinical practice.

 Our center is committed to a team-based approach to clinical practice and research, while allowing for an appropriate work-life balance. Such balance does not mean simply increasing off-duty hours. It means efficient time management that will facilitate the enjoyment of an enriching life and allow individuals to fulfill their work and family responsibilities. We believe it is important to recruit more female physicians into our emergency care activities. We offer a variety of short- and long-term learning opportunities that help individual physicians pursue the career paths of their choice, including emergency care training at affiliated hospitals and study on related specialties in Japan and overseas.

 We invite physicians interested in emergency medicine to join us. We also invite other physicians to knock on our door, because engaging in emergency care for a portion of one’s career will help develop a wider clinical perspective. Please come and join us!

Takeshi Shimazu, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Traumatology and Acute Critical Medicine
Director, TACCC at the Osaka University Hospital