Seven full-time faculty physicians, who are board-certified in General Surgery and in Advanced Trauma Life Support, care for patients through the Burn, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care section at Washington University School of Medicine.
PHYSICIANS CALL (800) 252-3627 to access the services of Washington University general surgeons 24 hours a day
PATIENTS CALL (314) 362-5298, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or (314) 854-0399, 24 hours a day, ask for the attending Burn, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care surgeon on call.
The general surgeons at Washington University focus on injuries and critical care. They are recognized for their expertise in treating patients with unexplained emergencies and critical illnesses, such as gastrointestinal bleeding, bowel obstruction, multiple organ failure, pancreatitis, sepsis and adult respiratory distress. They are expert in the treatment of patients with acute injuries (such as those acquired in auto crashes and industrial incidents), thermal injuries (burns from heat, cold, chemical or electrical incidents), and those requiring emergency surgery.
Clinical Responsibilities: The surgeons in this group treat patients The inpatient burn unit for comprehensive care of severly burned patients and the outpatient burn clinic for follow-up and treatment of all burn patients.
They staff the Level 1 trauma center, providing initial and follow-up treatment for injured patients 24-hours a day.
They staff the outpatient trauma clinic providing patients with the best outcome possible.
They provide surgical critical care in the Intensive Care Unit for patients with multiple organ failure, pancreatitis, sepsis and adult respiratory distress syndrome, and many other critical conditions.
The Burn, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care section serves as a regional referral center for critically ill patients. These patients may be referred from community hospital emergency rooms, or they may have continued to worsen despite in-patient treatment in community hospitals. Critically ill patients from throughout the world have been referred to this section, which works with an air medical transport service to receive them.
They treat injured patients as part of a multidisciplinary team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, which has been designated as a Level I Trauma Center by the State of Missouri. Additionally, it is the only nationally verified Level I Trauma Center in the St. Louis area.
In 1996, the hospital earned Level I verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) - the highest national recognition a trauma center can receive.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital was re-verified as a Level I Trauma Center in 2000. This verification program recognizes trauma centers that go beyond providing basic trauma care and offer the entire spectrum of care to meet the needs of injured patients. The spectrum of care provided at Barnes-Jewish Hospital encompasses prevention through rehabilitation and beyond.
Sixty million people are injured annually in the United States, and 145,000 die from trauma injury. Trauma-related injuries are the leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 1 and 44. The care received by trauma victims within the first few hours following an injury can have a profound effect on the patient's outcome. What Patients Should Expect