Trauma, Critical Care

Level I Trauma Program

A trauma center is a highly-organized hospital program for the immediate treatment of serious injuries, including bone fractures, internal bleeding and brain injuries. Trauma is most frequently caused by car crashes, falls and violence.

The Level 1 Trauma program in the University of Arizona's Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery recognizes that the greatest enemy of a person who is seriously-injured is time. The trauma team remains poised for immediate response 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The team is led by a trauma surgeon who is available immediately 24 hours a day, with access to subspecialist surgeons as well as emergency medicine physicians, trauma nurses and therapists. This expert team is activated about eight times a day, always prepared to provide vital life-saving medical services to our community.

Our Level 1 Trauma center at the Banner University Medical Center - Tucson is among the nation’s leaders in shorter hospital stays, lower treatment costs and lower mortality rates, due in large part to the caliber of its surgeons.

In addition to these exceptional physicians, the trauma center at Banner University Medical Center - Tucson includes:

  • Special trauma resuscitation units
  • Fully-staffed operating rooms immediately available
  • A Surgical Intensive Care Unit staffed 24 hours a day
  • Priority status for lab work and x-rays 
  • Next-generation CT scanners  
  • Professional education for EMTs, paramedics, nurses and physicians
  • A wide range of more than a dozen on-call specialists, including orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, pediatric intensivists and more

Make an Appointment

For the best surgical care in Tucson, Southern Arizona and the Southwest, you can make an appointment by calling us at (520) 694-1001.