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Trauma, Surgical Critical Care & Burns Services

Loyola University Health System (Loyola) is considered a national leader in trauma and emergency services. The trauma, surgical critical care & burns practice provides comprehensive services for patients of all ages with critical illness or injury. Pediatric critical care physicians provide specialized care to critically ill infants and children. In addition, trauma and critical care specialists often work with other medical specialties, including internal medicine, plastic surgery, wound care, orthopaedic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology and psychiatry. Areas of emphasis in surgical critical care include ventilatory management, hemodynamic support, nutrition, and comprehensive treatment of severe surgical infections.

Burn specialists treat thermal injuries, electrical burns, chemical injury, frostbite, inhalation injury, complex soft-tissue infections and toxic epidermal necrolysis (scalded skin syndrome). Loyola’s Burn Center is one of the busiest and largest in Illinois and has one of the most modern facilities in the Midwest.

Specialty Services

Chest Pain Emergency Evaluation Center
Patients with chest pain who arrive at Loyola University Medical Center’s emergency department immediately receive an electrocardiogram (EKG), any necessary blood work and evaluation by a physician.

Level I Trauma Center
The trauma center has the highest designation possible in Illinois and specializes in the resuscitation and care of patients with multiple injuries.

Aeromedical Transport
Loyola's aeromedical helicopter is available 24 hours a day to transport critically ill and injured patients within 150 miles of Loyola’s trauma center.

Stroke Center
Loyola’s emergency stroke team is adept at immediately determining the best course of treatment for stroke via a variety of testing and diagnostic procedures.

Professional Education

As the principal resource hospital in Chicago’s western suburbs, Loyola University Medical Center provides education to emergency medical technicians and paramedics.


Through the Stritch School of Medicine’s Burn and Shock Trauma Institute, a community of scientists and clinicians is devoted to the study of traumatic injury and burns.