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Trauma Survivors Network

MUSC Health Trauma Survivors Network

The MUSC Health Trauma Survivors Network is a community of patients, families, health care providers, and volunteers who are looking to connect with one another and rebuild lives after a serious injury. In collaboration with the American Trauma Society, MUSC Health offers programs and resources to help patients and families manage their recovery and improve their lives.

MUSC Health is a Level 1 Trauma Center–the highest level of trauma care available. We are prepared 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to offer immediate care for life- and limb-threatening injuries, and provide trauma patients with instant access to the most advanced technology, surgical suites, and critical care services, which can make all the difference in saving lives and decreasing disabilities.

For additional information about the MUSC TSN program, contact the TSN Coordinator at 843-792-8401 or email us at


Patient & Family Handbook

Patient & Family Handbook (PDF, Opens in a new window)

This handbook was created as a resource for the trauma patient and their family during and after their stay at the MUSC Health Level 1 Trauma Center. It explains common types of injuries and their treatments, describes the health care team, and also provides practical information about hospital services and policies.

In the back of the handbook there is room for you to take notes and write down questions you may have for the doctors and staff.







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Peer Visitation Program

Peer visitation offers patients the opportunity to talk with a trained volunteer who has experienced the aftermath of a serious injury. These trained peer visitors answer your questions and address your concerns from the perspective of someone who has “been there.” 

Since they have lived through the experience, including the hospitalization and rehabilitation, TSN peer visitors understand the concerns of trauma patients on a personal level. The TSN peer visitor can relate to the uncertainty you might have about your recovery and offer understanding and tips for getting through the day. Most important, they are there to listen.

We are in the beginning stages of building the MUSC TSN Program. We are actively recruiting volunteers to be Peer Visitors. If you are interested in the Peer Visitation Program contact the TSN Coordinator at 843-792-8401 or email

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NextSteps Program

NextSteps is an interactive program to help you manage your life after a serious injury. It will help you explore the ways your life has changed and how you can move forward.

Before your injury, you were on your own path in life, one that you expected to continue. However, injuries can change those plans and you may find yourself dealing with uncertainty. Will you get back to your old self and the path you were on? Or are you facing changes that will lead you down a new road in life?

It can be difficult to find the answers to these questions and face the challenges that lie ahead. NextSteps will help you understand where you are on the road to recovery, help you figure out where it is you want to go, and help you develop the skills to get there.

NextSteps recognizes that YOU play the most important role in your recovery. It will help you take control of your situation and become more active in your recovery. It uses techniques that have been scientifically proven to increase self-confidence and feelings of empowerment.

NextSteps is not a substitute for medical care or individual counseling. It is designed to help you work with your doctors and others in your recovery.

In NextSteps, you will work through a series of lessons and have the opportunity to share your experiences and learn from others who are facing similar challenges. You can do all of this, while working at your own pace and in your own surroundings.

Register online at:  and check out the Course Schedule.

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MUSC Health Center for Telehealth Resilience & Recovery Program (TRRP)

The TRRP team works with patients during hospitalization and through a series of post-discharge follow-ups, can provide comprehensive assessment and best-practice treatment through telehealth technology. This program benefits patients who otherwise might not receive mental health screenings or follow-up care following a traumatic injury. Learn more about how TRRP works, benefits of the program, and meet the team

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Trauma Survivors Support Groups

After leaving the hospital or rehabilitation facility, the Trauma Survivors Support Group provides an opportunity that allows trauma survivors and their families to connect with other survivors. When you have experienced a major event in your life, like being injured, it is helpful to talk with others. We can learn by talking to other survivors and sharing how we deal with the challenges of recovery.

Support Groups:

  • Charleston Amputee Support Team (CAST)
    • This group is design to help new amputees, veteran amputees, and their families cope with the loss of a limb. There is no charge to attend and refreshments are provided. 
    • 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Health South Rehab Hospital, 9181 Medcom Street, North Charleston
    • Contact: Jane Hecht: 843-821-7175
  • MUSC Trauma Center Patient and Family Snack and Chat
    • This program is for family and friends of trauma patients. This group allows for caregivers to come together to ask questions, express concerns, and learn coping strategies. Contact the TSN Coordinator for upcoming dates. 
    • Contact: TSN Coordinator: 843-792-8401,
  • Trident Head Injury Support Group (Charleston area)
    • 1st Tuesday of each month, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    • Contact: Marsha Mikell: 843-881-1214,
  • Trident Breeze Group (South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association)

Peer Support Groups are available locally, or more information is available at

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Resources for Trauma Patients

MUSC Health Level One Trauma Center

American Trauma Society - dedicated to the elimination of needless death and disability from injury

Trauma Survivors Network - a national program provided by the American Trauma Society. TSN is a community of patients, families, health care providers, and volunteers who are looking to connect with one another and rebuild their lives after serious injury.
Contact the MUSC Health TSN Coordinator at 843-792-8401 or email us at

South Carolina Bar Association - lawyer referral service, advanced directive/planning, durable power of attorney (Public Information tab)
Lawyer Referral Service 1-800-868-2284
LATIS (May be eligible for free or low-cost legal assistance) 1-888-346-5592 or

Mental Health Crisis Support
Charleston & Dorchester County: 843-414-2350 or 800-613-8379
Berkeley County: 843-761-8282
National Hotline: 800-273-8255

State Office for Victim’s Assistance (SOVA) - assistance programs and funding for victims of crime
State Level: 803-734-1900
Please ask about MUSC Victims Assistance liaison and local resources

National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center - outpatient trauma-focused treatment for all types of traumatic events.
67 Presidents Street, 2nd floor of South Building (of the Institute of Psychiatry), Charleston, SC 29425

Domestic Violence
My Sister’s House (local domestic violence shelter) Crisis Line: 843-744-3242
National Hotline: 800-799-7233

Alcoholics Anonymous Tri-County (Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley) 24-Hour Helpline: 843-723-9633

211 Hotline - for assistance with locating local resources, operated by Trident United Way. 211 Hotline is also a 24-hour suicide hotline. Dial 2-1-1

Veteran Services/Affairs Officers - assists Veterans and dependents with information about benefits,
medical services, programs, and other community supports
State Office: 803-734-0200
Berkeley County: 843-377-8506
Charleston County: 843-974-6360
Dorchester County: 843-832-0050

Department of Social Services - General Contacts (please ask for county-specific information)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

Program (SNAP) Benefits: 800-616-1309
General Information: 803-898-7601

South Carolina Red Cross- Lowcountry Chapter
Location: 2424-A City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: 843-764-2323
Services: Disaster relief, emergency communication with military/service members, blood donation

Social Security

Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. The Social Security Web site ( is easy to use if you apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You can call 800-772-1213 or call your local Social Security office. It takes many months to process an application, so it is a good idea to get started quickly.

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