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Level I Trauma Center

Located on the WakeMed Raleigh Campus, the WakeMed Trauma Center program is administered by WakeMed in compliance with state legislation and rules governing the delivery of trauma care in North Carolina, and is supervised by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services.  

A Level I Trauma Center, and the only designated trauma center in Wake County, the WakeMed Trauma Center is a hospital-wide system of services specifically designed to serve patients with life-threatening injuries.

Our Trauma Service includes five adult intensive care units and a pediatric intensive care unit as well as a comprehensive acute, inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation program.

Our Team:

The WakeMed Trauma Center team is standing ready to provide immediate care for the seriously injured.

In addition to acting as the Director of Trauma Services at WakeMed, Dr. Udekwu serves as the Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at WakeMed.

WakeMed's team of emergency physicians, nurses and trauma surgeons are responsible for the management of major trauma and are supported by a wide variety of professionals in the emergency department, including:

  • Emergency Physicians
  • Orthopaedists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Technicians
  • Radiology Technicians
  • Chaplains
  • Social Workers

The Real Impact of Trauma

Bodily injury is the leading cause of death and disability in young adults and is the fifth leading cause of death in all age groups. 

These injuries exact a high toll on our society, causing pain and suffering for family, friends and caregivers, as well as losses in productivity.  In addition, these injuries cost billions of dollars for medical treatment and rehabilitation. 

Injury-attributable medical expenditures cost billions and account for approximately 10 percent of the total United States medical expenditures.

As a regional trauma center, WakeMed strives to save the lives of the seriously injured and ultimately return them back to productivity.  To do so, WakeMed works closely with Wake Emergency Medical Services, other first responders and surrounding medical care facilities in the first hours after injury to ensure that  severely injured patients have rapid access to the highest level of medical care.  The emergency room evaluation, operative care, critical care, acute care and rehabilitative care have all been integrated to optimize survival and provide the best outcomes possible.




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