The Duke Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center provides state-of-the-art emergency care to patients and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our outstanding and diverse faculty and staff treat acutely ill and injured patients and loved ones in an environment that is safe, respectful, and conducive to their health and well-being.
The mission of emergency medicine professionals throughout Duke University Health System is to provide the most sophisticated emergency care for patients and their families. We strive to achieve this goal by:
Each year, the board-certified physicians in Duke’s Emergency Department (ED) treat more than 75,000 patients from Durham, Wake, and Orange Counties and surrounding areas.
All three EDs in the Duke University Health System are fully staffed by emergency medicine physicians, nurses, and related medical personnel.
Patients arrive at the Emergency Department with illnesses and injuries that range from fairly minor to potentially fatal.
Those suffering from acute physical or mental health emergencies, who are unstable, or who have life-threatening illnesses or injuries are immediately placed in the appropriate treatment unit -- Adult Emergent Care for patients older than 21 or Pediatric Emergent Care for patients younger than 21.
There, multidisciplinary teams conduct emergency evaluations, and perform the necessary resuscitation, stabilization, treatment, and/or post-resuscitation critical care.
Patients who come to the Emergency Department with less critical medical conditions are evaluated and prioritized by emergency care nurses. Patients are monitored until they are seen by a physician, who treats them and determines an appropriate plan of care. All care is delivered under the supervision of an attending physician.
One of only several Level 1 Trauma Centers in North Carolina, Duke University Hospital’s Trauma Center opened in 1975 with the goal of improving the medical care of patients with critical and/or multi-system injuries.
Since that time, the center has greatly expanded its size and scope of services, and our trauma physicians now admit some 1,500 patients from around the region to Duke University Hospital each year.
Our mission is to provide, within an organized framework, the most advanced, compassionate care available to seriously injured patients -- from pre-hospital through rehabilitation. Patient care is a coordinated effort between Duke’s surgery, nursing, and ancillary services, and we strive to deliver it efficiently and seamlessly, using the most current knowledge, in our effort to save lives.
In addition to conducting research aimed at increasing survival rates and limiting disabilities in trauma patients, we are dedicated to creating a safer community by helping to prevent injuries due to violence and other means.
Physicians offering this service include:
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