Trauma Center

About the Trauma Center

For more than 25 years, the Trauma Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has provided unparalleled medical and surgical care for all injured children, including those with the most severe injuries.

When Seconds Count - Inside the Pediatric Trauma Center

Caring for children who have been victims of trauma involves an entire team of specially trained healthcare providers. In this video, you will learn what makes the Trauma Center at CHOP a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, and how our work toward trauma prevention, research advances and overall trauma awareness provides hope for reduced injuries in the future.



What is a Level 1 pediatric trauma center?

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was the first Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Pennsylvania. Children's Hospital has been accredited since 1986, the first year Pennsylvania had a process in place to formally review and accredit Trauma Centers.

We are accredited by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, a non-profit organization formed by an Act of the Pennsylvania legislature. As a Trauma Center, we undergo a vigorous site survey at least every three years.

What does it take to be a pediatric Level 1 trauma center?

Ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to receive the most severely injured children

The most important component of treating a severely injured child is time. Injured children must be thoroughly evaluated quickly and completely. In addition, injuries are more likely to occur on weekends and in the evenings when other hospitals may have decreased staff.

Specially trained healthcare team

All doctors and nurses who care for trauma patients in the emergency department, the operating room, the intensive care unit or on a surgical floor have special training and receive continuing education in pediatric trauma.

The healthcare team considers more than the immediate physical care of the patient:

Quality improvement

The Trauma Center constantly evaluates itself, its staff and its programs to ensure that the best possible care is provided to all trauma patients.

Professional training

The Trauma Center shares its expertise with others by providing education to doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers, including those from adult trauma centers and non-trauma center hospitals and with prehospital care providers.

Injury prevention

As a Trauma Center, we are committed to decreasing injuries. To learn more, please visit the Kohl's Injury Prevention Program and Car Seat Safety websites.


As a Level I pediatric trauma center we conduct research to improve treatment and care for children who are victims of trauma and to discover ways to prevent children from being injured.

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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