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Pediatric Trauma & Burn Center: Unmatched in South Texas

We Provide the Highest Level of Pediatric Injury Care

If your child is seriously injured, members of our trauma team can help prevent further injury and begin to provide life-saving attention and treatment within minutes. We have numerous board-certified pediatric specialists standing by to help with even the most critical and traumatic injuries. Our orthopedic, brain and maxillofacial surgeons along with anesthesiologists, and many other pediatric specialists are here to respond in your hour of need.

We treat infants, children and adolescents with life-threatening injuries due to falls, car accidents, gunshot wounds and more. After our trauma team stabilizes the patient and conducts various tests and imaging, a medical plan is put into motion.

Advanced Treatments for Critically Injured Children

When you choose a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, you know you’ve chosen the highest level of care possible. Few hospitals in the country earn the Level I verification from the American College of Surgeons. As part of our Level I designation, we serve as a regional resource to trauma patients. We offer a full-spectrum of services capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury – from pediatric reconstructive surgery through rehabilitation.

After Your Child Has Surgery

If your child is facing a life-threatening injury or illness, if needed, we have a team of highly skilled, pediatric surgeons who can respond quickly and efficiently in your hour or need. After surgery, your child will be moved to an area of the hospital where we provide critically ill and injured children a low patient-to-nurse ratio. Compassionate, continual care by pediatric specialists and nurses with advanced training is our standard of care. We handle some of the most complex pediatric medical cases in the region.

Multiple medical professionals, including pediatric therapists, will help your child through the recovery process. Whether your child needs physical therapy, treatment to minimize scarring or psychological support, we have services that can help. We’re here for your family throughout the recovery process.

Benefits of a Level I Trauma Center:

24-hour in-house board-certified physicians of all specialties, a team of nurses and support staff.

Provides leadership in prevention and public education to surrounding communities.

Operates organized teaching and research efforts to help direct innovations in trauma care.

Referral resource for communities in nearby regions.

Community Trauma Report

University Health System released its 2017 Community Trauma Report during National Trauma Awareness Month in May, 2018. The report looks at major causes of serious injuries and trends in South Texas over a five-year period, using data from thousands of trauma patients seen at University Hospital. This report also features the partnership between the level I trauma centers at University Hospital and Brooke Army Medical Center.

University Hospital’s level I trauma center treated 7,293 people — 5,361 adults and 1,932 children — in 2017. That was a 68 percent increase over a five-year period. Each year, the number of both adults and children with serious injuries has grown during those five years. Falls were the leading cause of injury among all age groups, with car crashes the second-leading cause.

Injuries to children report highlights

Car crashes — the rate (per 100,000) of children injured in car crashes in 2017 increased by 173 percent over a five-year period.

Falls — fall injuries for children rose from 396 in 2016 to 439 in 2017. Falls were the No. 2 injury cause among children.

Bicycle injuries —the bike injury rate for children has gone up nearly 36 percent from five years ago, with 45 children injured in 2017.

Animal bites — children injured by animal bites rose from 63 in 2016 to 75 in 2017.

Burns — hot soup was the leading cause of burns involving children at 16 percent. Boiling water was the second leading cause at 12 percent.

Pedestrian injuries — 89 children were hit by cars in 2017, with a rate that is 89 percent higher than five years earlier.

Read the Community Trauma Report

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