Jefferson University Hospitals

A Team Approach to Trauma Care

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When you or a loved one are involved in a traumatic injury, you may undergo unfamiliar tests or have surgery performed on your injuries.

Take comfort in knowing that our Comprehensive Traumatic Injury team will be involved in every step of your care, from transport to diagnosis to surgery and rehabilitation – all in an efficient and timely manner.

Trauma Programs & Services

Our multidisciplinary team of experts is highly skilled in various specialties, represented within the following services and programs at Jefferson:


Highly specialized, skilled anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists provide trauma patients with prolonged periods of pain relief for all types of surgical procedures.

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Emergency Department at Jefferson

Our physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other essential staff members specially trained in emergency medicine care for trauma patients around the clock. Patients who come directly to Jefferson for trauma care will come through our Emergency Department. Our staff immediately guides patients through care, running the necessary tests, stabilizing injuries further and continuing to provide necessary treatment.

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Hand Trauma

For severe pain with your hands, wrists, elbows or shoulders related to fractures, dislocations, burns, nerve and tendon damage or crush injuries, expert care is provided by specialists at Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center (formerly The Philadelphia Hand Center) at Jefferson. Board-certified orthopedic surgeons and certified hand therapists work with you to return you to work, home, sports or leisure activities with the highest level of functionality possible.

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With three medical helicopters and four critical care ambulances, the JeffSTAT medical transportation service team consists of critical care transport nurses, paramedics and emergency medical technicians who are available to respond to calls 24 hours a day. JeffSTAT is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and Delaware Health and Social Services.

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Neurological Surgery

Jefferson neurosurgeons provide expert care of traumatic injuries to the brain, spinal cord and nerves, as well as to the skull and spine.

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Orthopedic Trauma

By providing highly specialized trauma and fracture care, our patients receive immediate diagnosis and treatment of limb-threatening or life-altering injuries that commonly result from car accidents, falls, sporting activities and industrial accidents. Our areas of expertise include fractures and multiple injuries, difficult fractures and infected or improperly healed fractures.

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We use state-of-the-art equipment to achieve the highest levels of diagnosis and interpretation of traumatic injuries.

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Rehabilitation Medicine

Board-certified physiatrists work with patients from day one to restore their function and independence. Occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, rehab nurses, therapeutic recreation specialists, social workers and psychologists are also on hand to support and care for patients during recovery.

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Spine Program

We are designated as one of the nation's 14 Model Spinal Cord Injury Centers by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), and the only one in the Delaware Valley. Each year we treat approximately 100 patients with acute spinal cord injuries.

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Trauma Surgery

We are committed to providing rapid care in the most critical situations. Our board-certified surgeons and surgical intensivists are available in house 24/7 to perform immediate surgical procedures and care to critically injured patients.

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Wills Eye Emergency Department at Jefferson

Immediate treatment should be sought if you or someone you care about has sustained an injury to the eye, such as a chemical burn, laceration to the eye or eyelid, a foreign object in the eye or sudden loss of vision. Through our partnership with Wills Eye Hospital, the ER is available 24 hours a day, every day.

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Other Collaborative Programs

Our Comprehensive Traumatic Injury team also works in close collaboration with specialists in Neurology, Obstetrics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Urology.