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Trauma center

Trauma centers provide highly-trained physicians, specialists, critical care nurses and support staff who are available around the clock to care for your most serious healthcare needs. Trauma centers often provide burn care for individuals suffering from minor to severe burns.

Level I Trauma Center in Englewood, Colorado

When an emergency requires specialized medical care, our trauma team is standing by.

At Swedish Medical Center, our team of trauma surgeons, researchers and administrative staff works together to provide an extensive support system when you need higher levels of care. Using swift ground and air transportation, our goal is to ensure you receive comprehensive, compassionate trauma care when every minute counts.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free health-related information is available just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free health-related information is available just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

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Our trauma care program

Our hospital provides highly specialized medical and surgical care performed by expertly trained physicians and nurses in our advanced facility.

Critical care unit

Our award-winning critical care unit includes board-certified trauma surgeons and physicians who are on call 24/7. We also offer a team of registered nurses and physical therapists that provide conventional acute and critical care services.

Comprehensive services in our critical care unit include:

  • Access to specialists across the medical spectrum for consultation
  • Critical care-certified nurses
  • On-call specialty team and trauma surgeon
  • Quality care for critically injured trauma, medical, surgical, neurological and cardiac patients
  • State-of-the-art equipment for cardiac and central nervous system monitoring

Facial trauma care

At our hospital, we understand that facial trauma is one of the most complex injuries to treat. We have a multidisciplinary panel of surgeons with specific expertise to offer you excellent outcomes. Whether at the time of trauma or after, our team is here to provide expert care.

Types of facial injuries we can treat include:

  • Craniomaxillofacial trauma
  • Hard tissue injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries

Common incidents that cause facial injury include sports-related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, animal attack wounds, interpersonal violence and falls.

Multitrauma unit

The multitrauma unit (MTU) provides acute nursing care at a variety of stages, from respiratory management through the beginning phases of rehabilitation. Providing rigorous therapy to prevent complications that come with bed rest, the team works closely with you and your family when you've experienced multiple traumas.

The anesthesia department provides an in-house, board-certified anesthesiologist 24/7 as part of the surgical team. Our trauma anesthesiology team undergoes additional education, and all members become certified instructors for our advanced trauma life support classes.

Orthopedic trauma program

Orthopedic trauma care focuses on treating you when you have fractures and other musculoskeletal injuries. For example, our orthopedic trauma doctors diagnose and treat bone and joint injuries, such as broken bones, intra-articular fractures and pelvic trauma. Our orthopedic trauma program expertly handles these complex issues and even develops standardized approaches to care.

Broken bones and fractures

Fractures are one of the most common forms of orthopedic trauma. The older you get, the more susceptible you are to broken bones due to brittle bones.

Our orthopedic physicians are available 24/7to treat conditions such as:

  • Complex and simple fractures
  • Fractures resulting from severe trauma
  • Fractures with infection
  • Nonhealing fractures
  • Pelvis and acetabular (hip socket) fractures

Pelvic trauma management

We are one of the few hospitals in the U.S. with a team of orthopedic surgeons specialized in pelvic trauma. Our surgeons provide specific pelvic expertise beginning at the onset of injury. This means you will receive specialized care immediately, ensuring a safe, healthy recovery for even complicated pelvic injuries.

Specialized fracture care for older adults

The M60 Mature Fracture Program at Swedish Medical Center provides comprehensive care for people 60 years old and older who have broken a hip.

This type of trauma to the hip can be challenging for older adults. With proper care and rehabilitation, however, a hip fracture does not have to mean a long-term loss of function and independence.

Our M60 Mature Fracture Program involves advanced care at every step of the recovery process. Our goal is to return you to your preinjury level of function.

Some features of our program that helps you recover quickly include:

  • Treatment from highly trained orthopedic trauma specialists
  • Expedited surgical treatment
  • Early ambulation following surgery
  • Nerve blocks to numb the injured area and help decrease the need for narcotic pain killers

Pediatric trauma care

The benefits of our trauma center extend to even our youngest patients. Our pediatric team works closely to provide the same level of experienced trauma care to your child that you would receive in our adult trauma unit. As a result, we’ve received a pediatric trauma commitment verification.

We have a dedicated pediatric trauma room specifically designed for children. We also have a six-bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) to meet the needs of you and your family. Our pediatric intensive care team is supported by pediatric subspecialists and is on call around the clock. Our physicians are specialized in cardiology, neurological care and endocrinology, allowing them to treat complex injuries.

Trauma transportation services

We provide you with quick, safe transportation from the accident site to our hospital by partnering with AirLife Denver, our network's emergency medical transport service. This experienced medical transport team helps when you are critically injured get to our hospital as quickly and safely as possible.

Trauma education

Our emergency teams are dedicated to providing education to the community on a variety of trauma-related topics.

Reducing risk through education

Our team of medical doctors, trauma and nursing personnel, trauma surgeons and surgical subspecialists aims to create programs that are tailored to the particular needs of each member of the class. The goal is to work toward a well-educated community about reducing the risk of preventable, serious injuries. To learn more about trauma education classes offered at our hospital, please call (303) 788-5082.

Our Level I Trauma Center

Our hospital is home to Colorado's only Level I Trauma Center that has been recognized with the Healthgrades Patient Safety Award. Our director of trauma explains why this is important.