CHOC’s Pediatric Trauma Center


securityIt’s a common refrain of all Orange County parents, “Thank goodness for CHOC!” I recently toured the hospital’s Pediatric Trauma Center. We got to see witness a simulated emergency in one of the two specially designed trauma rooms. The photos I’m showing are not with a real patient.

Since it opened nearly one year ago, the center has seen 165 patients. It is the only trauma center equipped and open to children only.




A trauma can be classified as anything from a head trauma due to a fall, or an animal bite or a car accident. CHOC’s trauma center is open 24 hours and is staffed with specially trained medical professionals — 8 board-certified pediatric trauma surgeons, a trauma-trained pediatric nurse manager ¬†and a child life specialist.

It’s good to know that in just 15 minutes one of the two trauma rooms at CHOC would be ready to help your child in case of a traumatic emergency. If you’d like to find out more about CHOC’s trauma unit please take a look at their website here.

For safety tips for your children read their website, here.