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Each year, more children are killed and disabled by injuries than all other diseases combined. And at Children's, we have a long history of providing emergency and trauma care to the children of our community and beyond. In fact, we see treat nearly 40 percent of the pediatric trauma cases in the Twin Cities. Our pediatric trauma centers are well-equipped to deal with the most serious of injuries.

Level I pediatric trauma center
Our UnitedHealthcare® Pediatric Emergency
Department and Level I Trauma Center is
Minnesota's only Level I pediatric trauma
center in a hospital dedicated solely to kids.
St. Paul
Level III pediatric trauma center
Our Peter J. King  Emergency Department
is a Level III trauma center, with resources
for emergency resusciation, surgery and
intensive care of most critically-injured patients.

What is Level I pediatric trauma?

Our Level I pediatric trauma center at Children's – Minneapolis is verified by the American College of Surgeons, allowing us to provide the highest level of care for critically-injured patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We handle the worst of the worst injuries and traumas. And we have services, resources and staff specializing in pediatric medicine at our fingertips to ensure your child receives the best care, whether coming from the scene of an accident or being transferred from another site.

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At our Level I pediatric trauma center, we are able to provide the following to our patients:

• Pediatric-only trauma surgeons in-house 24/7.
• The largest staff of board-eligible or board-certified pediatric emergency physicians and nurse
  practitioners in the state.
• Availability of pediatric specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology,
  emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, critical care and more.
• Three trauma bays, a dedicated orthopedic room for fractures that features advanced X-ray
  capabilities, resuscitation rooms, and a helipad.
• No needless pain program with child-friendly suturing, nitrous oxide for sedation, and more.
• The full capabilities of a hospital and health system dedicated to children to provide the best in
  stabilization, recovery and rehabilitation.

What is a trauma injury?

Traumatic injuries can occur following a number of incidents, such as a motor-vehicle accident, fall, blow or jolt to the head, drowning, sports related, assault, and more. Unlike most patients treated in the emergency department, trauma patients may sustain injuries that require highly-specialized and multidisciplinary care. Due to their complexity, these injuries may also require services such as surgery and blood transfusions.

Services and injuries treated

Children's offers continuous coverage by board-certified pediatric intensivists and pediatric emergency department physicians. We see and treat the following traumatic injuries:

  • Chest injuries including blunt or penetrating blows to the chest wall, airways, heart and blood vessels
  • Bone injuries including femur and facial fractures and sprains
  • Spinal cord injuries including damage to the nerves, neck, and lower body
  • Head and neck injuries including a blow or jolt to the skull that cause concussion, hemorrhage or stroke
  • Abdominal injuries including blunt or penetrating trauma to the stomach, bowels, spleen or other internal organs
  • And more
We love kids here at Children's, but we'd rather see them safe at home. That's why we're working to make safe simple. But if an emergency does happen to a child, know where to go - Children's pediatric emergency department and trauma center in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Download, fill out and post the emergency contact form so everyone near and dear to you knows where to take your kids. Download emergency contact form »

Trauma leadership

meleaMelea Anderson, RN, CNP, DNP
Director of Trauma Services
MSN/PNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – University of Minnesota School of Nursing
DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice – University of Minnesota


hirschmanDavid Hirschman, MD
Associate Trauma Medical Director,
Co-medical Director of the Emergency Department
University of Minnesota Medical School


Pediatrics – University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine – Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis

kreykesNathaniel Kreykes, MD
Trauma Medical Director
University of Minnesota Medical School


General Surgery – University of Minnesota
Pediatric Surgery – University of Oklahoma

Pediatric trauma surgeons

Pediatric trauma advanced practice providers

Children's also has the largest team of pediatric specialists in the state. No matter what your emergency, we have you covered. Meet some of our specialty groups:

Education and research

We love kids here at Children's, but we'd rather see them safe at home. That's why we work to prevent injuries from ever happening and ensure clinicians across the region are skilled in handling them if they do occur. By providing education to the community through our Making Safe Simple program and participating in research, including a recent study that quantified the levels of radiation exposure in trauma patients receiving CT scans, we are able to share our expertise and make sure that each patient experience leads to the best possible outcomes.


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