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Level 1 Trauma, Stroke, and STEMI Center

Advanced, Life-Saving Care For The Critically Ill and Injured

In an emergency, every second counts. That’s why Missouri implemented the Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) system. TCD ensures trauma, stroke, and heart attack patients are brought to the hospital best equipped to handle their care. As a Level I Trauma, Stroke, and STEMI 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. As one of only three hospitals in the region designated as Level I for all three TCD categories, we are equipped to provide advanced, life-saving care in any emergency.

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.

Advanced 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. A Level 1 Stroke Center provides:

  • 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

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.

STEMI (Heart Attack) Expertise

STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction), a serious type of heart attack, occurs when the coronary artery is completely blocked. Immediate access to advanced heart care is critical to restore the flow of blood to the heart and increase the chance of survival in patients with STEMI. Level I STEMI certified hospitals, like SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital, have the expertise and resources necessary to provide life-saving care for these critically ill patients.

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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