Trauma Care Center
Research shows that when children suffer a traumatic injury, more survive and have better outcomes when given pediatric trauma care at a pediatric hospital. The Pediatric Trauma Care Center at our Oakland campus is dedicated exclusively to caring for children and is an ACS verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. The center is among only five in California offering the level of comprehensive care that merits that designation from the American College of Surgeons.
With a staff of board-certified pediatric emergency medicine specialists, we provide immediate, highly specialized pediatric emergency services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We see an average of 700 trauma patients per year, making the team at the Trauma Care Center one of the most experienced in the Bay Area.
Why Families Choose Us
Northern California’s Leading Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Services
- As one of only five ACS Level 1 pediatric trauma centers in California, Children's Hospital Oakland provides immediate highly-specialized pediatric emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Services Provided by a Level 1 Trauma Center
- Outstanding trauma patient care from admission through all phases of care and follow-up.
- A multidisciplinary trauma quality improvement system.
- 24-hour call-panels of board-certified physicians.
- An approved intensive care unit.
- Available operating rooms, blood bank, radiology, and rehabilitation.
- Trauma research and injury prevention activities.
Experience and Pediatric Trauma Expertise
- Children's Hospital Oakland holds an Emergency Medicine Services for Children (EMS-C) designation and approval within California to function as a Pediatric Critical Care Center (PCCC).
- Our facilities are staffed with board-certified pediatric emergency medicine specialists who see an average of 8000 patients with trauma-related injuries per year.
- Most major trauma victims in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties under age 14 will be brought to the Emergency Department at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.
- Critically-injured children across Northern California and from as far away as Nevada are transferred and transported to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.
Ancillary Support Services for All of Northern California
- We're committed to your child's recovery from start to finish. Children's Hospital Oakland maintains an extensive in-house and outpatient rehabilitation department for the pediatric trauma patients we serve.
- The Trauma Center supports a comprehensive injury-prevention program. Through these safety and child health advocacy efforts, we hope to eliminate unintentional childhood injuries and keep children safe and healthy.
Transport & Transfer Services
- When a child is critically ill or injured, expert transportation can mean the difference between life and death. The region's most critically children and infants are transported to Children's Hospital Oakland each day. Children's provides expert, round the clock local, regional, and national patient transfer and critical emergency transportation by ambulance, fixed wing aircraft, and helicopter. Children's Critical Care Transport Team includes multiple medical specialties. We manage complex transports for children and infants with a wide variety of medical, cardiac, neonatal, surgical, and traumatic conditions.
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Awards & recognition
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Child Life Services
Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.
Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.
Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.
Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.
Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.
Music Therapy Program
Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.
Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.
School Re-Entry Program
After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.
Individual Playtime & Instruction
If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.
Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance
Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.
Family Resource Center
We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.
Parent Support Program
Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.
Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.
Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.
If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.
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