Trauma

Trauma is the leading cause of death in individuals age 50 and under and is rapidly becoming the leading cause of death in individuals 65 and older. The two leading causes of trauma deaths are car accidents and falls.

Nebraska Medicine is the only state designated Comprehensive Trauma Center in Nebraska serving both children and adults.

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. At our Trauma Center, we provide the highest level of comprehensive care for patients of all ages with complex traumatic injury.

Patient Transfer

If you are a healthcare provider and wish to transfer a patient to Nebraska Medicine:

  • 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 Nebraska Medicine Trauma Center? This section has everything you need to know before you visit.

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The Nebraska Medicine Trauma Center offers

We Are a Designated Trauma Center

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 Nebraska Medicine have immediate access to trauma surgeons, operating rooms and highly skilled specialists. In addition to direct patient care, Nebraska Medicine provides leadership in education, research and trauma system planning. The depth of our specialists allows us to take care of the most complex patients who come with traumatic injuries.

A Variety of Surgeons Specialized in Trauma Cases

All of the trauma surgeons at Nebraska Medicine are specialty trained and board certified in critical care surgery in order to provide additional expertise when caring for the injured patient. A board certified trauma surgeon is in the hospital twenty-four hours each day, seven days each week, to oversee the care of patients.

World-renowned Orthopaedic Trauma Specialists

Part of the trauma team is made up of experts in diagnosing and treating the most complex cases of dislocated and broken bones. 

Pediatric Critical Care

Nebraska Medicine is a premier site for the evaluation, treatment and expert care of children who have experienced severe and life-threatening injuries. Our fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeons are highly skilled in all areas of pediatric surgery, including advanced neonatal and minimally invasive procedures, and use the latest surgical techniques to ensure the utmost in patient safety.

A LifeNet Helicopter

Seriously injured trauma patients transported to hospitals by helicopter are 16 percent more likely to survive than similarly injured patients brought in by ground ambulance, according to Johns Hopkins research. Nebraska Medicine is proud to partner with LifeNet of the Heartland.

Trauma Case Managers

A trauma registered nurse is assigned to each severely injured trauma patient to assist the patient and their families from admission to discharge.

Trauma Education for Professionals and Emergency Services Workers

Nebraska Medicine Trauma Center provides ongoing training to EMS professionals which address different aspects of trauma. Most offer CEUs. Nebraska Medicine also co-sponsors the Annual Trauma Conference.For more information on classes, or to contact the department, call 402.552.3997.