If your child is seriously injured, he or she will be immediately seen by our waiting trauma team at the Pediatric Trauma Center here at University Health. Lab work, X-ray and CT scans will be done, and the trauma surgeon will evaluate your child’s injuries and review the plan for care with you. Your child may need immediate emergency surgery or may receive other kinds of treatment in the hospital.
After surgery, your child will be moved to the 7th floor of sky tower where we provide critically-ill and injured children a low nurse-to-patient ratio and a staff of faculty pediatricians with extensive experience handling even the most complex cases.
Our Pediatric Trauma and Burn Follow-up Clinic is located in the Rio Tower on the 3rd floor of University Hospital. Our multidisciplinary team will help your child through the recovery process, whether it involves physical or occupational therapy, pain management, therapy to minimize scarring,or psychological support. No other children’s hospital in San Antonio or South Texas offers such a comprehensive array of services for injured children.
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 year’s report also shines a spotlight on the important and unusual 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.
This years Spotlight section, which features three causes of injuries identified by members of the trauma team as problems in our community, looks at fireworks, injuries during pregnancy and children hit by cars while walking to school.
Injuries to children
Injuries to adults
University Hospital is the premier Level 1 trauma center for a 22-county region of South and Central Texas, and the only Level 1 pediatric trauma center and burn program in the region. With its physician partners at UT Health San Antonio, University Hospital provides comprehensive, around-the-clock care for life-threatening injuries
Read the 2017 Community Trauma Report