Pediatric Trauma Center

A traumatic injury can happen at any time: a car accident, a fall, an animal bite. CHOC Children’s is ready to treat traumatic injuries 24 hours a day.

Critically injured children from across the region are transported and transferred to CHOC for the pediatric expertise only a children’s hospital can provide. Our trained trauma team cares for children and their unique physiological, anatomical and emotional needs. Moreover, our protocols and equipment are specially designed for pediatrics.

What is a trauma center?

A trauma center is a hospital with a special team to treat patients with traumatic injury.

What is a traumatic injury?

A traumatic injury is a blunt or penetrating injury that requires immediate medical treatment for the patient to survive. Usually, these injuries are the result of car accidents, pedestrian accidents or falls.

If my child experiences a trauma, what should I do?

Please call 911 immediately if your child needs immediate medical attention safe transport to the hospital. First responders will take your child to the nearest trauma center, which may be CHOC Children’s.

What is required to be a Level II pediatric trauma center, like CHOC?

To be a Level II trauma center, CHOC goes above and beyond to meet the requirements by offering the following:

Safety and Injury Prevention

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CHOC has a commitment to create a safe community for families in Orange County. Our injury prevention program provides parents and children with safety tips and education. By utilizing education, research, evidence based strategies and collaboration with community partners, we can break the cycle of unintentional injury.

Trauma Support Services

We know a trauma can have lasting effects on a child and family. However, CHOC does more than treat an immediate injury. Our team strives to minimize the emotional impact and the needs of the child and family after a trauma. Our compassionate and skilled support services include:

No other trauma center in the region offers the whole mind-body care you’ll find at CHOC.

Getting Here

CHOC Children’s trauma center is at The Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department, on the first floor of the Bill Holmes Tower. From La Veta Avenue, turn on to Pepper Street, pass the main hospital entrance and turn in at the second driveway under the Emergency sign. Valet parking is available.

1201 W. La Veta Ave. | Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 888-770-2462

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American College of Surgeons Verified Trauma Center

Our pediatric trauma center is designated by the American College of Surgeons and Orange County Emergency Medical Services.

If your child needs immediate medical attention and you cannot safely transport your child to the hospital, please call 911 immediately. Families may request to be taken to CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange by ambulance.