The Cook County Trauma Unit at the Cook County Health & Hospitals System is America’s first comprehensive center dedicated solely to the care of the acutely injured patient. Since 1966, the unit has served as a national model for trauma care. The Cook County Trauma & Burn Unit is one of the busiest in the country with more than 5,500 admissions of which 30% are penetrating injuries. Experienced trauma surgeons manage all aspects of trauma care from initial presentation until discharge. The trauma center has a self-contained 15 bed resuscitation area, 12 bed Trauma ICU, 10 bed step-down unit, as well as ward beds.
The SICU is a 14 bed unit housing patients from the General Surgery, Cardiothoracic, Vascular, ENT, Plastics, Urology, and Obstetrics-Gynecology services. The SICU sees over 450 admissions per year. The unit is well staffed with a multi-disciplinary team, including dedicated clinical pharmacists and dieticians.
The Cook County Burn Unit, an American Burn Association verified center, has experienced staff operating within a 6 bed ICU, a 10 bed step-down unit, and a dedicated ward. The Burn center has a rich history of excellence in Cook County, treating approximately 400 major burns and performing more than 1,000 burn evaluations per year. Trainees gain experience managing all aspects of burn care in adults and pediatric patient populations from initial resuscitation to complex reconstruction.