Level II Pediatric Trauma Center | Des Moines, IA
Blank Children's Hospital

Level II Pediatric Trauma Center

The emergency medicine team at Blank Children's Hospital team is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of children during medical emergencies, which is why we are proud to be a verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma.

The Iowa Methodist Medical Center Level I Trauma Center and Blank Children's Level II Pediatric Trauma Center are the first trauma centers verified by the ACS in Central Iowa. Verification means, together, both hospitals are available to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to treat a full range of adult and pediatric traumas.

Blank Children's has passed a rigorous certification process and continues to meet specific national criteria and standards of care recommended by the ACS to maintain Level II Pediatric Trauma Center verification.

Pediatric Trauma Care Team

Not only is Blank Children's emergency department designed to specifically care for children ages 0-18 years old, but we're also verified to care for the most serious pediatric trauma cases, ranging from major vehicle accidents to bike injuries.

Blank Children's integrated pediatric trauma team brings together surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, radiologists, physician specialists, pediatricians, social workers and child life specialists who are specifically trained to treat critically injured children:

  • 100 percent of Blank Children's emergency nurses are trained in trauma care
  • 61 percent of Blank Children's nursing staff are nationally board certified in either pediatric emergency medicine or pediatric nursing medicine.

Pediatric-Specific Medical Equipment

In addition to having trained staff readily available to respond to the most critical pediatric traumas, Blank Children's also offers pediatric-specific technology, medical equipment and transport services designed to meet each child's emergency needs. This includes a pediatric intensive care unit, as well as a dedicated Neonatal Transport Team and Pediatric Transport Team with the ability to dispatch by ground in the one-of-a-kind Neonatal & Pediatric Critical Care Ambulance or by air in the LifeFlight helicopter. Learn more about LifeFlight.

Pediatric Trauma Prevention

Blank Children's Level II Pediatric Trauma verification means we are dedicated to reducing the number of pediatric trauma injuries in our community through a dedicated pediatric trauma prevention program. Our Center for Advocacy & Outreach offers numerous programs on injury prevention. Some of these programs include: Safe Kids, fire safety, car seat safety, teen driving, bike safety, window safety and child abuse prevention. Learn more about these programs.

From injury prevention to dedicated pediatric trauma care, Blank Children's hospital is here when you and your child need us most. In the event of pediatric trauma, turn to the Level II Pediatric Trauma Center at Blank Children's Hospital for the best care in central Iowa.