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Trauma

  • Advanced, comprehensive care when your family needs it most.

    Advanced, comprehensive care when your family needs it most.

    Our physicians are leaders in the care of complex and severe traumatic injuries.

Traumatic injuries are a leading cause of death and disability, especially among people under the age of 44. At Indiana University Health, we strive to provide the latest, most advanced treatments for trauma. From our expert staff on LifeLine critical care transport vehicles to our experienced trauma surgeons to the specialized rehabilitation therapists, our multidisciplinary team is focused on reducing the impact of injury on your loved one’s life.

We offer around-the-clock care for traumatic injuries. At our Level I Adult Trauma Center at IU Health Methodist Hospital and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, specialists such as trauma surgeons, orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons are available immediately to perform lifesaving procedures. After surgery, our critical care physicians monitor breathing, heart rate and intracranial pressure 24 hours a day.  

We continue to provide high-quality care even after your loved one is stable. Our rehabilitation experts help patients regain the ability to perform daily tasks such as walking, speaking and taking a shower. Our chaplains and social workers care for your family’s emotional, spiritual and psychosocial well-being. Our comprehensive approach gives your loved one the support he or she needs to participate in recovery and experience long-term healing.

We’re building the future of trauma.

As part of our commitment to high-quality trauma care, we work with Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health Physicians to perform trauma research and educate future trauma surgeons. We offer advanced Surgical Critical Care fellowships to practicing physicians who wish to specialize in trauma surgery, acute care surgery and critical care as well as an Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship to those wishing to obtain advanced training in treatment of the multiply injuried patient. Learn more about our trauma educational resources.

In addition, research at IU Health works to promote better patient outcomes after traumatic injury. Our current research spans a wide range of trauma topics with the goal of developing new treatments for traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and bleeding disorders. Our physicians also study how to best stabilize complex rib fractures and treat acute muscle damage. In addition, they are working to improve trauma care procedures by looking at the usefulness of ultrasounds before the patient arrives at the hospital and how to prevent trauma re-admissions. 

Learn more about traumatic injury treatments & services.

The American Trauma Society hosts information on programs for trauma survivors and their families as well as for medical professionals. They also include information on how trauma centers are certified and resources for injury prevention.