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Acute Care Surgery

The UF Health Acute Care Surgery division in Jacksonville, Florida encompasses three crucial areas of patient care: trauma surgery, surgical critical care and emergency surgery.

Trauma

Trauma, the disease of injury, is the most common cause of death and disability in people ages 1 to 44. Traffic injuries are among the leading causes of trauma cases. In these situations, the most critical element in preserving the patient's quality of life is minimizing the amount of time between the traumatic incident and when he or she receives emergency medical treatment. Fortunately, northeast Florida and southeast Georgia residents can rely on UF Health Jacksonville for the area's only Level I trauma center and the most effective, efficient trauma transport and critical care treatment available today.

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TraumaOne Trauma Center

UF Health Jacksonville is home to the TraumaOne trauma program, the only state-approved adult and pediatric Level I Trauma Center in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. University of Florida trauma surgeons and specially trained support staff are available to help severely injured patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The TraumaOne Trauma Center has five resuscitation beds that allow for immediate evaluation and resuscitation of injured patients by the Trauma One team. UF Health Jacksonville's TraumaOne trauma program is widely recognized as one of the largest in the nation, seeing almost 4,000 patients annually, of which about 2,500 are admitted.

Trauma Team

The TraumaOne team is staffed by UF faculty surgeons, as well as nurses, paramedics, residents, fellows, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologists and other support personnel who have had special training in the care of trauma patients and meet all educational requirements necessary to support a state approved Level I trauma center. This experienced and knowledgeable medical team is led by attending surgeons and provides care for each trauma patient from admission through discharge in order to maintain a continuity of care through his or her stay and return the injured patient to a healthy, productive life. The Trauma One program is also supported by a high-tech 16 bed trauma intensive care unit equipped with the latest lifesaving technology.

Surgical Critical Care

The surgical critical care service is staffed by attending surgeons and provides care to nearly 1,000 critically ill or injured patients each year. These patients are able to receive state of the art care in an effort to support organ dysfunction during their illness.

Emergency General Surgery

Attending surgeons provide prompt evaluation and consultation to all patients presenting with emergent surgical conditions. The attending surgeon then works with the residents to direct the care of the patient and supervise any surgical procedures that need to be performed.