Level 1 Trauma and Stroke Center

As a Level I Trauma and Stroke Center, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital provides advanced, life-saving treatment to critically ill and injured patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Trauma Services

Injury is the leading cause of death for people under 44 years old and the 4th leading cause of death for people over 65 in the United States. Most of these injuries are the result of motor vehicle crashes, falls and/or assaults.

When it comes to treating major injuries, research has shown that receiving care at a Level One Trauma Center within one hour of the injury greatly decreases the risk of death.

What is a Level One Trauma Center?

To be recognized as a Level One Trauma Center, a hospital must be equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive and skilled services to severely injured patients. Staff members – including physicians, residents, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers and radiology technicians – are specifically trained to handle complex and life-threatening injuries. Additionally, trauma surgeons must be in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Level One Trauma Center at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

For nearly 30 years, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital has been a designated Level One Trauma Center for Missouri and Illinois, and remains just as dedicated today in providing the highest quality care for traumatically injured patients. In 2008, the hospital received the highest national recognition when it was verified as an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level One Trauma Center.

Caring for the critically-injured is the quintessential example of multidisciplinary medical care. SLU Hospital’s trauma program is a multidisciplinary academic endeavor with Saint Louis University School of Medicine and SLUCare.  The program is committed to treating trauma patients and improving patient outcomes by providing integrated, specialized care and clinical research.

At SLU Hospital, patients are cared for by a team of board-certified trauma surgeons and emergency medicine physicians, as well as emergency department and critical care nurses, who are extensively trained to care for the most critically injured patients. The trauma team also works very closely with orthopedic trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, facial trauma, plastic, urology, vascular, and spine surgeons. As the leader of the trauma team, a trauma surgeon, who is specially-trained to perform complex surgical procedures on all areas of the body, oversees the patient’s overall care to ensure an optimal outcome.

In addition to saving lives, SLU Hospital’s trauma program also trains tomorrow’s healthcare leaders - including medical students, residents, fellows, nurses and other healthcare providers - in quality trauma care by offering educational experiences and injury prevention programs.

Stroke Care

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital has been designated a Level 1 Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) Stroke Center by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The state of Missouri created this highest level of designation to recognize the significant resources a hospital must have to provide total care for every aspect of stroke treatment.

What does a Level 1 Stroke Center provide?

  • Cutting edge stroke care and treatment
  • Clinical staff with advanced stroke training available 24/7
  • Advanced imaging technology available 24/7
  • Participation in advanced research in stroke treatment and prevention

24/7 Availability

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital's stroke intervention team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This means we have the staff and resources available to save more lives by performing neuro interventions within the critical time-frame of stroke onset.

Our stroke neurologists and stroke team respond to stroke calls and arrive within 10 minutes. The average response time of the stroke team is under ten minutes, and the door-to-needle median time is 35 minutes.

Advanced Imaging Capability

Stroke patients at Saint Louis University Hospital benefit from the latest in imaging technology, including a 128-slice CT scanner and 3.0T MRI. This state-of-the-art imaging equipment produces the most detailed imagery, making it possible for physicians to quickly identify even the smallest blockage. 

Neuroscience ICU Facilities

SSM HealthSaint Louis University Hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has dedicated neuro ICU  to accommodate the sickest stroke patients. The staff provides stroke and neuro-critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and coordinates post-hospital care for all stroke patients.

Patient-Centered Research

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital also participates in patient-centered research  with Saint Louis University Medical School.  Current research protocols include specialized clot retraction, endovascular aneurysm coiling, intracranial stent application. stroke treatments. 

This means you can trust SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital to deliver the most advanced and complete stroke care, quickly and compassionately – all in your own backyard. Even for the most complex cases, our stroke team has the expertise and state-of-the-art technology to stop a stroke and drastically reduce its side effects.

Emergency Perspectives

Find out the latest in emergency and trauma medicine from our "Emergency Perspectives" publication. We highlight our partners in the emergency medicine community and share stories of lives saved from the partnership between EMS, regional providers and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

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