Comprehensive Trauma Center
The Nebraska Medical Center is one of only two State designated Comprehensive Trauma Centers in Nebraska.
What is a Comprehensive Level Trauma Center?
The role of a Comprehensive Trauma Center is to provide the highest level of care for patients of all ages with complex traumatic injury. Personnel who can initiate surgery are in-house and immediately available. In addition to direct patient care, Comprehensive Trauma Centers are also responsible for research, education and outreach programs for trauma.
Omaha Trauma System
The Nebraska Medical Center has participated in the Omaha Trauma System since December 1, 1993. The Nebraska Medical Center Trauma Center’s designated trauma days are Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The Trauma Center call is from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. The objective of the Omaha Trauma System is to provide the community with a comprehensive trauma system linking pre-hospital, hospital, rehabilitation and injury prevention. Cooperation between medical centers eliminates the costly duplication of resources that are required to maintain a trauma center.
On The Nebraska Medical Center trauma days (Tuesday, Friday, Sunday), referrals should be directed to the Emergency Department at 402-559-6637. Please ask for the Emergency Medicine attending physician on duty. Non-Emergent referrals on other days can be made by calling 800-922-0000 and asking for the trauma attending on-call.
For more information about The Nebraska Medical Center Trauma Services, contact the Trauma Program Coordinator, Diane Yetter at 402-559-9156.
Trauma/Critical Care SurgeonsAll of the trauma surgeons at The Nebraska Medical Center are specialty trained and board certified in critical care surgery in order to provide additional expertise when caring for the injured patient. An attending trauma surgeon is in the hospital twenty-four hours each day, seven days each week, to oversee the care of patients.
Orthopedic Trauma SurgeonsThe Orthopedic Trauma Team evaluates and treats fractures and dislocations, both common and complex. Poly-traumatized patients and those with long-bone and pelvic trauma benefit from a full array of emergency services, diagnostic imaging, and consultation. These physicians use techniques of internal, intramedullary and external fixation, as well as microvascular techniques for the repair of fractured and damaged joints and soft-tissues. The Orthopedic service has maintained a Orthopedic Residency program since 1969.
Neurosurgical SurgeonsThe Nebraska Medical Center's Neurosurgery Department offers a full range of treatment options for all traumatic neurosurgical problems including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. The Nebraska Medical Center has maintained a Neurosurgical Residency program since 1994.
Surgical SubspecialtiesThe Nebraska Medical Center also offers trauma surgical care in areas such as Oral/Maxillofacial, ENT, Ophthalmology, Plastic and Vascular Surgery.
Trauma Case ManagerA Trauma Registered Nurse is assigned to each severely injured trauma patient to assist the patient and their families from admission to discharge.