Skip to Content on Nemours.org

Delaware’s Only Level 1 Trauma Center for Kids

The Pediatric Trauma Center at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware is the state’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. This means children in the tristate area who need the most advanced pediatric emergency care are transferred here, 24/7.

A Level 1 designation is the highest offered by the American College of Surgeons. We can handle every type of injury. We have state-of-the-art facilities and life-saving equipment just for kids.

Trauma care is complex. It’s important to have experts from many medical specialties available.  At Nemours Children’s, we’re all here, under one roof.  A surgeon oversees your child’s care and works closely with other members of the team.

In addition to trauma care, our team is committed to preventing injuries in children. We’re out in the community, providing safety information and training. We want all kids to have the best chance to grow up healthy and injury-free.

Find Level 1 Trauma Care From Nemours

Find a pediatric trauma specialist closest to you:  

Find a Doctor Find a Location

Conditions & Treatments

We see a wide range of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending on the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

Animal Bites
Bleeding Injuries
Bone Fractures
Burns
Eye Injuries
Head and Neck Injuries
Injuries of the Mouth and Teeth
Spinal Cord Injuries
Sports Injuries

Our Care Team

Your child’s trauma care team includes:

  • Pediatric surgeons — trauma surgeons who oversee your child’s care
  • Emergency medicine doctors — specialists in emergency care
  • Anesthesiologists — doctors who manage pain during and after procedures
  • Radiologists — doctors who use imaging to help diagnose and plan care
  • Critical care intensivists — doctors who manage care in critical care units
  • Nurses — advance practice nurses (APN) and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurses
  • Surgical residents — doctors in training to be surgeons
  • Supportive staff — social workers, Child Life specialists, pastoral care team and others

We also have access to other specialists as needed in orthopedics, heart surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat or ENT) and dental.

Children come to us from ground or air transport through local 911 emergency medical services or from another hospital through our Nemours Kids Transport services. Our trauma team is in constant contact during transport. We arrange the right medical care for every situation.

Pediatric Trauma Expertise When It Matters Most

As a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, we offer the most advanced emergency care for children and teens. We only treat kids, which can mean better results.

  • Nemours transport services include ground and air vehicles. We’re skilled in caring for the most critically ill or injured children. We also have the latest life-saving equipment on board.
  • We’re here as your child heals, closer to home. If your child needs ongoing medical care, we’re here for all their needs. We have outpatient locations that may be closer to your home.
  • Our commitment to health reaches beyond our doors. We’re out in the community teaching kids and families how to keep safe and avoid injury.
  • 1,000+ How many children we see every year in our Trauma Center
  • 24/7/365 We’re always here for our region’s children
Find injury prevention tips, download safety guides and learn what to do in emergencies from the Nemours experts at KidsHealth.org.
Read More Read More

Keeping Communities Safe

Nemours wants to create the healthiest generation of kids, and good health means staying safe and injury-free. That’s why we built an Injury Prevention Program at our children’s hospital. Learn more about our on-site safety store, children’s programs, sports injury prevention initiatives and more.

Read More
Young smiling boy on a bicycle wearing a safety helmet.