Level I pediatric trauma center

Our UnitedHealthcare® Pediatric Emergency Department and Level I Trauma Center in Minneapolis is Minnesota’s only Level I pediatric trauma center in a hospital dedicated solely to kids.

What is a Level I pediatric trauma center?

At a Level I pediatric trauma center, we handle the worst-of-the-worst injuries and traumas.  As a Level I pediatric trauma center, we’re 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. And, we have services, resources and staff specializing in pediatric medicine at our fingertips to ensure every child receives the best care, whether they’re coming from the scene of an accident or being transferred from another site.

What is trauma injury?

Traumatic injuries can occur following accidents, such as a motor-vehicle accident, fall, blow or jolt to the head, drowning, sports-related injury, or assault. 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.

Level 1 Trauma Infographic

Services we provide

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

  • Pediatric-only trauma surgeons in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The largest staff of board-eligible or board-certified pediatric emergency physicians and nurse practitioners in the state. Meet our trauma team.
  • Availability of pediatric specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, and critical care.
  • 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.

Injuries and traumas treated

Children’s offers continuous coverage by board-certified pediatric intensivists and pediatric emergency department physicians. Some traumas and injuries we treat often include:

  • Chest injuries including blunt or penetrating blows to the chest wall, airways, heart and blood vessels
  • Bone injuries including breaks, 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

St. Paul’s trauma center

Our Peter J. King Emergency Department in St. Paul is a Level IV trauma center in St. Paul, with resources for emergency resuscitation, surgery and intensive care of most critically-injured patients.

Emergency contact form

Be sure that you—and anyone who cares for your children— is ready in case of an emergency. Download, fill out and post our emergency contact form so everyone knows where to take your kids.

Education and research

We love kids here at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, 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 — At Home, At Play, and On the Way — 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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