Adult Emergency Department / Trauma Center
The UF Health Shands Trauma Center, located on the first floor of the UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital complex, provides advanced critical care, emergency and trauma medicine to the people of north central Florida in one of the most carefully designed and sophisticated facilities of its kind.
University of Florida critical care medicine physicians provide care for some of the most acutely ill patients in the eastern United States. These patients have often suffered a trauma, are recovering from surgery or are in other ways critically ill.
The Critical Care Medicine group is a multi-specialty team of healthcare professionals. In collaboration with surgery, the Critical Care Medicine group manages between 1,800 and 2,000 critically ill patients admitted to UF Health Shands Hospital each year. The Surgical Intensive Care Unit teams admit and care for patients from all surgical specialty services, including neurosurgery, general surgery, trauma, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynecology, vascular, and transplantation surgery.
In addition to providing care in the SICU and the Burn Intensive Care Unit and co-directing the Intermediate Care Unit, Critical Care Medicine will begin providing care for the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit soon. The addition of the CICU means Critical Care Medicine will provide care for all critically ill adult surgical patients at UF Health Shands Hospital.
The new Emergency Department is the largest in the region, with the capacity to treat up to 100,000 patients a year. It includes large private patient rooms and spacious trauma rooms, all arranged around a central nursing station for enhanced patient care. A new state of the art Pediatric Emergency Department was constructed in 2011 providing comprehensive Pediatric-specific services separate from the main Adult Emergency Department.
In addition, a helipad is located on the roof of the facility and provides swift access to emergency and trauma care via an elevator that is directly connected to the Trauma Center.