First in Emergency Medicine
The Center for Emergency Care at University of Cincinnati Medical Center is a full service emergency department and home to the world’s first established emergency medicine residency program. Our Emergency Medicine specialists treat life-threatening illness or injury. These specially trained, board-certified physicians, nurses and other health care professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, responding immediately to patients in need of emergency care.
Our board-certified physicians, nurses and support staff have extensive experience in cardiac, neurologic and trauma care. Whether your visit is for a minor injury or life-threatening emergency, the Center for Emergency Care at University of Cincinnati Medical Center provides quick triage through a full spectrum of service.
The Region’s Only Level One Trauma Center
The Trauma Center at University of Cincinnati Medical Center is a Level One Trauma Center – the highest level of emergency care possible. University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) are the only Level One Trauma Centers in the greater Cincinnati region.
Depending on the patient’s trauma, he may receive care in one of our specialty units: Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Burn Special Care Unit or Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit.
Air Care & Mobile Care
has been the region’s most comprehensive air and ground medical transport program for over 25 years. Our team completes 1,200 flight transports and 7,200 mobile transports every year. We are the only program in the region whose flights include an experienced critical care transport team of emergency physicians and nurses, as well as blood and other clinical supplies, so patients can begin receiving immediate, specialized care at the scene or referring hospital. While most transport programs bring the patient to the Level One Trauma Center; Air Care & Mobile Care brings University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s Level One Trauma Center – and its Heart Center and Stroke Center – to the patient. The program provides air transport, including dedicated helicopter ambulance services, plus three levels of ground transport (Mobile Intensive Care, Advanced Life Support or Basic Life Support). We are also the only service in the region to be accredited in all four levels of medical transport by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) – the highest standard in measuring medical transport services. Safety is our primary core value at Air Care & Mobile Care. Since 1984, we’ve completed more than 28,000 consecutive patient care flight missions without a single accident.
Burn Walk-In Center
provides fast, expert care to patients with minor burn injuries and is the region’s only walk-in burn center. Patients at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Center for Emergency Care are quickly evaluated and are then referred to the appropriate department for treatment. Burn Walk-in Center services are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.If a patient’s burn is more severe, our Burn Special Care Unit is the region’s only adult burn center verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) Committee on Trauma and by the American Burn Association. This unit treats 400 to 500 new patients each year while continuing to provide follow-up care for former burn patients. Our staff is committed to providing the highest quality care for all burn patients and is a progressive care department: we follow all of our patients, from the time they’re admitted in the E.R., through treatment and rehabilitation.
Psychiatric Emergency Services
(PES) – the only program of its kind in southwestern Ohio – provides round-the-clock care to patients in crisis with psychiatric emergencies, or for those experiencing suicidal and/or homicidal feelings. While many hospitals manage psychiatric patients within their medical E.R.s, our multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and nurse practitioners quickly assesses and stabilizes patients in our dedicated psychiatric E.R., then refers them to the appropriate treatment. A Mobile Crisis Mental Health Response Team is also available day or night to respond to psychiatric emergencies within the community. Patients who are admitted through our emergency care center and require a stay in the hospital are referred to our dedicated psychiatric inpatient unit.