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Neurotrauma Program

KU Neurotrauma Program

The KU Neurotrauma Program focuses on head injury and spinal cord injuries for patients who have undergone trauma. Patients are commonly brought to the trauma bay where a comprehensive work-up is started. Patients are also frequently transferred from hospitals all over the region for the comprehensive trauma care. Neurosurgeons work closely with trauma surgeons to care for the entire patient.    

Trauma Bay

As the only American College of Surgeons nationally accredited Level I Trauma Center in the region within 125 miles, The University of Kansas Hospital offers the most comprehensive care for brain and spinal trauma patients and complex, multi-system injuries. The Level I verification from the American College of Surgeons is the highest designation for trauma care. It recognizes the hospital's ability to provide around-the-clock care for patients with the most serious trauma injuries, from admission through rehabilitation and follow-up care.  

Patients are admitted to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) where patients can undergo Intracranial Pressure Monitor (ICP Monitor) Placement as well as 24-hour video EEG monitoring. Patients who are unable to be transferred to the CT scanner due to the severity of their illness, can have a portable CT scanner brought to their bedside.  

Specialized Critical Care Physicians

Our physicians are intensivists whose training goes beyond general and neurosurgery. Their expertise is essential to care for trauma patients.  

Specially Trained Staff: Our nurses, respiratory therapists and other staff have specialized training in trauma care. Patients benefit from this higher level of care from the moment they enter our Trauma Center and then throughout their stay.  

Dedicated Trauma Care Coordinators: These experts ensure a smooth flow of care for patients and their families, from their arrival through discharge and follow-up care.  

Comprehensive Specialty Services: The hospital has specialty services readily available to meet the complex needs of trauma patients. These services include burn care, interventional radiology, high-risk obstetrics, neonatal intensive care, neurosurgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, plastic surgery and re-implantation.

Internationally Recognized Rehabilitation Care 

Our rehabilitation program has achieved accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This means the program has passed a rigorous review and met the requirements for superior standards of care and excellence in patient outcomes.  

Quick and Efficient Transfer Services  

The hospital's Transfer Center is a one-call service center, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It assists patients and referring physicians involved in transferring trauma and critically ill patients to The University of Kansas Hospital.  

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Kansas is involved in several Spinal Cord Injury research studies under the direction of Paul Arnold, MD

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018