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Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care

The Trauma Center at Penn is accredited by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation as a Level 1, Regional Resource Trauma Center and is nationally and internationally recognized as a model program for other hospitals.

The Center is staffed 24 hours a day by:

  • Experienced in-house trauma surgeons
  • Emergency medicine physicians
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Medical and surgical sub-specialists
  • Trauma nurses
  • Therapists
  • Technicians
  • Support services

In addition, there is a 24-bed dedicated Surgical Intensive Care Unit where trauma and surgical patients are cared for by board-certified intensivists. This unit provides 24/7, 365-day in-house coverage by a team of physicians and advanced practice nurses utilizing state-of-the-art technology, including VISICU, the computerized “virtual ICU.”

Among the World’s Best Surgeons
As the field of trauma and surgical critical care has changed, our surgeons have pushed the field forward, improving the survival rates and quality of life for these patients.

We’ve been a leader in many of the field’s clinical advances, including the development of trauma centers and trauma systems and the Damage Control procedures, a technique that was refined at Penn. Our surgeons refined and improved this procedure and now military surgeons on front lines around the world are using it to temporarily stabilize patients with massive injuries before they are transported to a hospital.

In addition to trauma care, our surgeons specialize in emergency general surgery and our program has become a regional referral center for the care of patients with massive soft tissue infections.

Superior Care Offered 24/7
Our team of dedicated trauma surgeons and staff are available around the clock to provide superior care when you need it most.

As part of that service, we offer PennSTAR Flight, the critical care flight service of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. PennSTAR provides instant medical evaluation and transfer within a 150-mile radius of our medical centers and affiliates.

PennSTAR I, II and III and their crews have flown enough miles to circumnavigate the globe 51 times and have rendered lifesaving care to more than 30,000 patients since 1988.

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