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Pediatric Trauma Program

Connecticut Children’s is designated as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center that evaluates and treats more than 56,000 children each year, with more than 15,000 children receiving care for injuries ranging from minor lacerations to life threatening multi-system injuries. Connecticut Children’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center is the busiest facility between Boston and New York.

It is one of only two free-standing children’s hospitals in New England—and the only free-standing children’s hospital in Connecticut—able to provide the highest level of emergency care to children suffering from traumatic injuries.

A Team Approach to Care

Connecticut Children’s Trauma Program embraces a multidisciplinary team approach for the complex emergency care of traumatically injured children. Continuous, 24/7 care from our in-house emergency medical physicians, physicians in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), and other sub-specialists allows Connecticut Children’s to admit critically ill or injured pediatric patients from other hospitals across the Northeast when more advanced care is needed.

Child Protection Team

In addition, the Child Protection Team from our Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect program is a 24/7 resource for our medical and support staff who suspect child abuse or neglect in pediatric patients receiving care. The Child Protection Team is a resource for Connecticut Children’s medical and support staff members who suspect abuse or neglect in pediatric patients receiving care.

Air Transport

With a helipad on its rooftop, Hartford Hospital’s 24/7 LIFE STAR helicopter transport service brings neonatal and pediatric patients to Connecticut Children’s for immediate access to comprehensive pediatric trauma services.


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