Trauma Center

When Seconds Count - Inside the Pediatric Trauma Center

An in-depth look at our Level 1 Trauma Center and our efforts to increase trauma awareness and prevention.
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Trauma Center

As the first accredited pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center in Pennsylvania, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a premier site for the evaluation, treatment and expert care of children who have experienced severe and life-threatening injuries. Patients are admitted to the Trauma Center directly from CHOP's Emergency Department or through a referral from another hospital. Our helipad enables the rapid transfer of patients requiring immediate interventions while our ground transport team is mobilized as appropriate.

Our multidisciplinary team includes surgeons, physicians, nurses, social workers and rehabilitation therapists. In addition, because trauma patients frequently experience multiple injuries or serious single system injuries in need of very specialized care, we work closely with numerous physicians and consult with associate trauma directors from multiple disciplines, including:

Commitment to injury prevention

We are committed to injury prevention in children and to training healthcare providers in the management of injured children and their families.

Injury Prevention

We partnered with the Kohl's Injury Prevention Program to help prevent children and adolescents from ever becoming seriously injured.

Concussion Care

We support the effort of the Concussion Care for Kids program which offers comprehensive resources about concussion and concussion management.

Training & Education

We offer many training opportunities through symposia, conferences and hands-on training courses for healthcare providers. Learn more»


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Contact Us

To make an appointment with the Trauma Clinic, call: 215-590-5932


To transport a child to CHOP, or for information, call: 1-800-590-2160

The Emergency Department at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was rated best in the nation, according to Parents magazine’s 2013 report, 10 Best Children’s Hospitals. Learn more »