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.
About the Facility
UF Health Shands Trauma Center is unique in that it is one of only a few Level 1 trauma centers in the United States with a fully operational ‘hybrid operating room’ dedicated exclusively to trauma and acute surgical emergencies. The hybrid operating room allows for a timely, multidisciplinary approach for trauma/acute care surgeons, vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists to simultaneously utilize a full range of open, endovascular and minimally invasive interventions for injuries and hemorrhage control.
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 Critical Care Center.
The landing site was specially constructed to hold up to 26,000 pounds, more than double the capacity of the previous rooftop landing site. This will enable the landing of transport vehicles such as the Black Hawk, the Army’s front-line utility helicopter used for medical air evacuation.
Radiology in the Emergency Department
Emergency Department and trauma service teams require immediate imaging to diagnose and treat patients as quickly as possible. The UF Health Shands Critical Care Center includes two digital radiography rooms, as well as imaging equipment in each of the four trauma rooms.
In addition, the hospital’s main Radiology Department is located next door to the Emergency Department. It is equipped with three sophisticated CT scanners, an MRI scanner, two ultrasound machines, two digital radiology rooms and a fluoroscopy room to provide comprehensive imaging technology.
Emergency medicine is something that you never think about until you need it. Last year, it is estimated that 100 million Americans visited the emergency room.
It is important to recognize the signs of when to go to the emergency room. Signs of a medical emergency can include, but are not limited to:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest of upper abdominal pain/pressure
- Sudden dizziness, weakness or change vision
- Sudden, severe pain
- Bleeding that won't stop
- Severe or persistent vomiting blood
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Suicidal or homicidal feelings
In the event of an emergency
If you have an emergency, please call 911, consult your doctor or go directly to the emergency room. The emergency rooms at UF Health Shands Hospital offer treatment from board-certified emergency physicians.
To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Shands Emergency Room / Trauma Center, please contact .
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Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.
Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.
Financial AssistancePatients who lack insurance coverage or are unable to pay their portion of the healthcare services they receive may qualify for financial assistance based upon their income level.
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