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
- Medical and surgical sub-specialists
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
the World’s Best Surgeons
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.
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
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.
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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