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Trauma Surgery

Advanced Trauma Surgery at UH

In trauma care, especially complex trauma such as head trauma or brain trauma, time is precious. The Level I Trauma Center at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center provides patients with immediate access to the highest level of trauma surgery care.

At the UH Level I and Level III trauma centers, patients suffering from traumatic injury and often life-threatening conditions are rapidly evaluated by an expert team that includes emergency medicine physicians, trauma surgeons, trauma anesthesiologists and specialty trauma service providers.

UH is a member of the Northern Ohio Trauma System, which coordinates trauma treatment for patients throughout Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio.

Other features of our trauma program:

Level I Trauma Center Status

UH Cleveland Medical Center Trauma Center holds Level I verification status from the American College of Surgeons, which indicates we provide the highest level of trauma care.

Regional Trauma Care Coordination

The Level I trauma center coordinates efforts with the UH Level III trauma centers to provide regional access to trauma care for improved outcomes.

Northern Ohio’s Only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center

UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital has been continuously verified for 25 years as the region's only Level I trauma center for children and adolescents.

Patient & Caregiver Education

Traumatic Brain Injury Education

Get information on traumatic brain injury – what it is, and what to expect during treatment and recovery.

Spinal Cord Injury Education

Learn more about spinal cord injuries, the care team, and what to expect during treatment and recovery.

Types of Traumatic Injuries We Treat

The trauma team at University Hospitals is trained to quickly assess and treat many different types of traumatic injuries, including:

  • Blunt or ballistic trauma
  • Pelvis trauma
  • Facial trauma
  • Head trauma
  • Limb salvage primary injuries
  • Penetrating trauma
  • Complex fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries

Critical Care

Our trauma surgeons collaborate with the critical care team to provide post-surgical care in the surgical intensive care unit.

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