University Hospital has been upgraded to a Level I pediatric trauma center, one of only five in Texas and the only hospital in San Antonio equipped and staffed to offer the most sophisticated care possible to seriously injured children, Bexar County Hospital District officials said Thursday.
It is the only Texas hospital outside of Houston, Austin and Dallas designated as capable of providing comprehensive trauma care to children who have suffered blunt trauma, penetrating wounds, head injuries or burns in incidents such as crashes, falls, fireworks explosions or violent acts.
To achieve Level I status, pediatric trauma centers must have general surgeons and specialists in house 24 hours a day to treat the most severe injuries in children. They also must offer teaching and research programs to direct innovations in pediatric trauma care. They have to conduct public education and injury prevention programs. And they must serve as a referral resource for communities in their regions.
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