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 with 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 at Nebraska Medical Center around the clock every day of the year to oversee the care of patients. We offer 10 fellowship-trained trauma surgeons based right here. They are backed by the unmatched comprehensive care of highly specialized teams who work together to save lives and restore hope. These include cardiothoracic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, ophthalmology, vascular surgery, maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology, anesthesiology, radiology, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, pediatrics and rehabilitative services.
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.
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.