Level 1 Trauma Center in Denver

Swedish Medical Center is home to one of the leading trauma centers in Colorado, serving trauma and neurotrauma patients throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Our emergency care resources, leading edge technology and highly educated physicians and staff led to our Level 1 Trauma Center designation.

For more information on our trauma center, call (303) 788-5000.

Outstanding surgical trauma care

Our team of trauma surgeons, researchers and administrative personnel work together to provide an extensive support system. Our staff has achieved a reputation of commitment to high-quality, compassionate care for our patients.

One of the most important aspects of trauma care is the quick, safe transportation of patients from the accident site to the hospital critical care unit. Swedish has partnered with AirLife, HealthONE’s emergency medical transport service. The experienced AirLife team helps the most critically injured and ill patients in our region get to Swedish as quickly as possible.

Critical care unit

Swedish Medical Center’s award-winning critical care unit comprises of board-certified trauma surgeons and physicians that are on call 24/7, as well as a team of registered nurses and therapists that provide conventional acute and critical care services. Comprehensive services at our Level 1 Trauma Center include:

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

Trauma operating room and anesthesiology

The anesthesia department provides an in-house board-certified anesthesiologist 24 hours a day as part of the surgical team, as well as registered nurses and state-of-the-art pain services. Our trauma anesthesiology team undergoes additional education and all members become certified instructors for our advanced trauma life support classes.

Multi-trauma unit

The multi-trauma unit (MTU) provides acute nursing care at a variety of stages from respiratory management, including ventilators, through the beginning phases of rehabilitation. Providing aggressive therapy to prevent debilitation and complications that come with bed rest, the team works closely with patients who have experienced multiple traumas, spinal cord and column injuries and head injuries.

Facial trauma

Your face is your identity. At Swedish, we understand that facial trauma is one of the most complex injuries to treat. That’s why we have a multidisciplinary panel of surgeons with specific expertise to offer patients the best possible outcomes. Whether at the time of trauma or after, our team is here to provide expert care.

Types of facial injury

Cranio-maxillofacial trauma includes any injury to the soft tissues of the face, neck and scalp, as well as the hard tissues of the facial skeleton including the jaws, facial bones and skull base.

Soft tissue injuries: injuries to the skin and facial features; lips, nose, eyelids. Soft tissue injuries include dog bites, lacerations or other aesthetic issues.

Hard tissue injuries: injuries to the functional and structural bones in the ace, such as eye sockets or jaws. It is essential to restore the damaged tissue to its original condition for the patient to fully function; for example, being able to chew and eat.

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

Special trauma care for kids

The benefits of our Level 1 Trauma Center extend to even our youngest patients. Our pediatric team works closely to provide the same level of experienced trauma care our adult patients receive. As a result, we’ve received a pediatric trauma commitment verification. We have a dedicated pediatric trauma room specifically designed and equipped for children. 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.

We also have a six-bed pediatric intensive care unit to meet the needs of pediatric intensive care patients and their families.

Trauma education

Our emergency medicine services, trauma and nursing personnel, trauma surgeons and surgical subspecialists are dedicated to providing education to the Denver community on a variety of trauma-related topics. Our team aims to create programs that are tailored to the particular needs of each member in 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 Swedish, please call (303) 788-5082.

Trauma research

We are dedicated to basic scientific research in the area of traumatic injury. Studies show that patient outcomes are substantially improved if an organized trauma system with interaction between basic research and clinical care is in place. Our research department has a staffed laboratory fully equipped for immunology, molecular biology and proteomic research, with multiple and diverse basic science and clinical projects underway.

Our research team has provided more than 100 publications and presentations and has 15 years of trauma-specific research experience. The research includes basic science, clinical research, diagnostic testing and population-based studies to improve the care of injured patients.

A wounded warrior’s story of recovery

Taking orders isn’t something Senior Master Sergeant Martin Smith is used to, but after a traumatic accident, he found himself taking orders from the Mountain Orthopedic trauma surgeons at Swedish. Read Martin’s incredible story of recovery.