The Department of Emergency Medicine at UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children's Hospital The Department of Emergency Medicine at UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children's Hospital provides care for the most critically ill adults and children in a patient and family-centered atmosphere. The department handles emergency cases from throughout Iowa and surrounding states. The multidisciplinary service works closely with the medical and surgical departments at UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital to optimize the care and outcomes of patients of all ages.
The department's clinical enterprise is staffed completely with board-certified emergency medicine specialists and is the only emergency department in eastern Iowa to staff board-certified pediatric specialists. Presently, the UI Department of Emergency Medicine serves as the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Iowa.
UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children's Hospital are part of a growing network of hospitals and clinicians utilizing electronic patient records. Department physicians are able to gain access to medical history and other important data from patient's existing electronic medical record, which can be crucial in emergency situations.
The Department of Emergency Medicine has developed a continuum of emergency care services. The most intensive level of service involves the 44 bed emergency department located within the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Opened in April 2008, it averages approximately 60,000 visits annually, and includes 4 dedicated pediatric emergency rooms, three trauma bays, two psychiatric emergency rooms and one room dedicated to dental, ear, nose, throat or eye emergencies.
Patient care efforts continue to grow as the emergency department accounts for more than half of all hospital admissions. The Department of Emergency Medicine also provides additional services to aid care to Iowans including telemedicine consultation for critical access hospitals and arranging efficient transfers from outside hospitals for admission to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.