Comprehensive Trauma Center
The Nebraska Medical Center is the only state designated Comprehensive Trauma Center in Nebraska serving both pediatric and adult patients.
Excellence requires readiness. Our trauma team is immediately available.
We offer life-saving care for severely injured patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The chance of survival is greatest if treatment is given within the first hour following injury.
If you are a healthcare provider and wish to transfer a patient to The Nebraska Medical Center:
- Please contact our Emergency Department
- Phone: 402.559.6637 Ask for the emergency medicine physician on duty.
- Days & Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours
For Family and Friends
Have a friend or family member being treated at The Nebraska Medical Center Trauma Center? This section has everything you need to know before you visit.
What type of patients are treated at a Trauma Center?
If you think trauma won’t impact your life, you should know that injury is the leading cause of death for all people ages one to 44. According to the American Trauma Society, a trauma occurs every four seconds in the U.S. A trauma center sees patients who have multiple fractures, possible paralysis, punctured lungs, stabbing or gunshot wounds and brain injuries. Trauma can occur after a motor vehicle crash, falls, violence, sports- or recreational-related injuries and job-related injuries.
What is a Comprehensive Level Trauma Center?
At our Comprehensive Trauma Center, we provide the highest level of comprehensive care for patients of all ages with complex traumatic injury.
A Trauma Center is not the same as a hospital emergency department; emergency services are only part of a comprehensive trauma program. This means that patients brought to The Nebraska Medical Center have immediate access to trauma surgeons, operating rooms and highly skilled specialists. In addition to direct patient care, The Nebraska Medical Center provides leadership in education, research and trauma system planning.
“Researchers have found a 25 percent decrease in the risk of death following care in a trauma center compared to receiving care at a non-trauma center,” according to a nationwide study.
Surgical specialties include:
- Trauma surgery
- Vascular surgery
- Thoracic (chest) surgery
- Plastic surgery
- Orthopaedic surgery
- Hand surgery
- Pediatric surgery
- Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat)
For more information about The Nebraska Medical Center Trauma Services, contact the Trauma Program Manager , Karen Saxton at 402.552.3997.