Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center

The pediatric trauma service at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital is a 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week interdisciplinary program with special resources from throughout the institution that are dedicated to providing optimal care for children who sustain significant traumatic injuries, including:

  • Blunt trauma, such as falls or pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes
  • Penetrating injury, such as gunshot or stab wound
  • Burns

Comer Children's Hospital is designated as a Level 1 Trauma Center, meaning our hospital is prepared to handle the most acutely injured trauma patients. We are the only such trauma center in Chicago’s South Side.

As a Level 1 Trauma Center, we have an emergency department specifically equipped for children, as well as a pediatric intensive care unit with highly specialized surgical and pediatric specialists available to care for injured children. Additionally, our child protection service provides expert consultation on child abuse cases.

Our institution is also home to the University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN), which provides helicopter and ground transport to the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital for patients within a 200-mile radius, covering Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and western Michigan.

Bolstering our pediatric trauma service is our commitment to injury prevention. Our team continually studies the various ways in which injury prevention can be improved so that risk of traumatic injury to children may be minimized over the long term.