Our highly trained Trauma Program surgeons at UCLA provide around-the-clock, seven days a week coverage for trauma and emergency surgery patients. Everyone on our team, from resident physicians to nurses and surgeons, receives extensive training in trauma care.
Once paramedics notify us that a trauma patient is arriving, an activation system assures a multidisciplinary team is assembled at the Emergency Department to accept the patient.
Other areas of the hospital, including the Blood Bank, Intensive Care Unit and operating rooms, are also automatically notified to reserve resources in case they are needed. Attending surgeons are on-site 24 hours a day and respond within a few minutes of activation.
UCLA partners with community hospitals to improve care for injured patients who are not close to a Level I trauma center. Telecommunication capabilities and trauma-transfer agreements facilitate prompt identification of patients with severe injuries and expedite transfer if needed. For information on partnering with our Trauma Section, please contact us at 310-267-9609.
UCLA is a leading institution in the field of trauma surgery. Our team conducts leading-edge trauma related research in clinical and basic science as well as injury-prevention. In addition, we train the next generations of trauma professionals, including residents, nurses and medical students.
The primary mission of the Acute Care/Emergency Surgery Service is to provide timely surgical assessment and management of the acutely ill non-trauma surgical patient. We treat patients that come to our quaternary care hospital Emergency Department and patients referred by our satellite clinics. We also accept referrals from neighboring institutions and community physicians. We offer 24-hour in-house coverage by a board certified general surgeon with immediate access to state-of-the art operating rooms, diagnostic and interventional radiology, and laboratory services.
Our Hernia Repair and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction programs are composed of expert general and plastic surgeons and a multidisciplinary team of specialists who provide state-of-the-art treatment for all types of hernias, from the simple to the most technically challenging.
Our hernia surgeons perform intricate abdominal wall reconstruction in complex cases such as hernias in the presence of enterocutaneous fistulas, mesh-related infections arising from a failed hernia repair or recurrent hernias.
An enterocutaneous fistula (ECF) is an abnormal connection that develops between the intestinal tract or stomach and the skin. As a result, contents of the stomach or intestines leak through to the skin.
Most ECFs occur after bowel surgery. Other causes include infection, perforated peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. An ECF may also develop from an abdominal injury or trauma, such as a stabbing or gunshot.
Patients with ECFs often experience complex problems that require long-term care. At UCLA, care for patients with ECF is provided by a team that includes surgeons, nurses, enterostomal therapists, social workers, and nutritionists who personalize the treatment plan to meet the needs of individual patients.