Pediatric Trauma and Burn

University Hospital operates the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in South Texas verified by the American College of Surgeons, which means we’ve demonstrated our expertise in taking care of seriously injured children with our partners at UT Health San Antonio. It also means we’re conducting research to find new and better ways to treat those injuries.

“Hospitals that seek regional or state designation or verification through the American College of Surgeons verification process as a Pediatric Trauma Center are examples of facilities that have made an extraordinary effort to provide resources to care for injured children.”
Institute of Medicine

As any parent knows, kids are prone to bumps and bruises. It’s the ever-present danger of serious injuries that worry us the most and keep us watchful. Injuries make up the leading cause of death among children — more than all diseases and disorders combined. But it’s good to know that if your family ever needs it, University Health System’s pediatric trauma team is here, offering the highest level of care around the clock, seven days a week.

In addition, our Injury Prevention team is out in the community, preventing injuries before they happen — helping families correctly install their car seat or booster and providing education on topics from distracted driving to burn prevention, to the dangers of leaving kids in hot cars.

“If a disease were killing our children in the proportions that injuries are, people would be outraged and demand that this killer be stopped.”
Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General

More than 1,000 seriously injured children each year are treated by our pediatric trauma team. That team includes doctors, nurses and staff specially trained in childhood injuries. Team members include:

  • Trauma surgeons
  • Pediatric neurosurgeons
  • Pediatric orthopedic surgeons
  • Pediatric ophthalmologists
  • Plastics and reconstructive surgeons
  • Pediatric otolaryngologists
  • Pediatric urologists
  • Pediatric radiology
  • Pediatric psychologists and psychiatrists
  • Rehabilitation medicine
  • Pediatric critical care nurses and staff
  • Child life specialists
    (to help kids and families manage the stress of being hurt and in the hospital)
  • Injury prevention specialist
    (to help families learn about common causes of injury and what can be done to prevent them, as well as provide resources to keep kids safe)
  • Certified car seat technicians
    (to help families correctly install and use their car seat or booster)

Clinic Information
University Hospital
Rio Tower, 3rd Floor
4502 Medical Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229

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