Trauma Center

Doctors working in the pediatric trauma center.

If your child or teen is injured in a fall or car crash (two of the most common causes of childhood injury), prompt, specialized trauma care can make all the difference. Studies show that children and teens have significantly better outcomes when they are treated in a pediatric trauma center. That's because we have the training, experience, and right equipment to take care of severe pediatric injuries.

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After a Serious Injury, Every Second Counts

Children with serious injuries are brought here by ground or air (ambulance or helicopter) through local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) via a call to 911, or through Nemours Critical Care Transport (CCT) team at the request of another hospital or other health care facility. Our trauma team remains in contact with the EMS or CCT teams during transport to our pediatric trauma center.

What Does It Mean to Be a Pediatric Trauma Center?

The pediartic trauma center at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is part of a statewide trauma system that allows pediatric patients in the tri-state area who require a higher level of trauma care to be transferred here. The American College of Surgeons designates trauma centers from Level I to Level IV, with Level I being the highest.

As a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, we meet strict requirements for:
  • staffing
  • availability of specialists
  • response times
  • training
  • quality benchmarks
  • community education

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200

What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
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New Patient Forms
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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has Delaware’s only pediatric trauma center. Accredited as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, we provide exceptional trauma care 24/7, year-round, for seriously injured children in the tri-state area.

A Pediatric Trauma Team Dedicated to Your Child

Our experienced, in-house pediatric trauma team, led by the attending surgeon (the surgeon in charge of your child's care), includes:

  • emergency medicine physicians
  • pediatric anesthesiologist
  • pediatric radiologist and radiology (medical imaging) technicians
  • critical care physicians
  • surgery residents, who are doctors training to be surgeons
  • advanced practice nurses (APN), including surgical APN and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurses
  • sub-specialist surgeons (as needed) such as orthopedics, cardiac surgery, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, and ears, nose, and throat (ENT)

We also have pastoral care and social work providers on hand to offer support as needed.

Injury Prevention Programs at the Pediatric Trauma Center

Injury is the #1 cause of death in children, taking the lives of more than 20,000 children every year. Our pediatric trauma center mission includes providing important injury prevention programs and outreach to help educate parents and avoid injuries in kids of all ages.

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