Trauma Care

Comprehensive Care for Serious and Life-Threatening Injuries

When you or a loved one needs treatment for traumatic injuries, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is your source of expert trauma care. Our Academic Medical Center is home to north Louisiana’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, as verified by the American College of Surgeons. We are also a Pediatric Level II Trauma Program, as recognized by the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) — the only program in Louisiana to receive LERN’s Pediatric Trauma Program recognition. Our mission is to get critical patients the lifesaving care they need, as quickly as possible. Our expert team of trauma surgeons, Emergency Department physicians, nurses, radiologist, respiratory professional, and OR staff members are dedicated to delivering high-quality care. We work closely with other services throughout the hospital to get patients the coordinated care they may need after being treated by our Trauma team.

Our trauma team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We see patients from throughout Louisiana, as well as:

  • East Texas
  • South Arkansas
  • West Mississippi
  • Southeast Oklahoma

When to Go to the Trauma Center

Seconds or minutes can make the difference when it comes to serious, life-threatening medical conditions. Call 911 right away or get to the nearest emergency room if you or a loved one has any of the following traumatic injuries:

  • Blunt-force trauma to the body or head
  • Brain injuries
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Serious burns
  • Serious falls
  • Serious injuries from a car accident
  • Stab wounds

In addition to our trauma surgeons and specialists, we bring together a diverse team of experts from many medical specialties to provide the care you or your loved one needs after a traumatic injury. These specialties include:

Call the Trauma Center

Call 911 for emergency help, or call our contact center for nonemergency situations.

Call us at 318-626-0000

Caring for Our Community

We provide the best trauma care available regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. In addition, we are involved with research activities to pioneer tomorrow’s advances in trauma medicine.

We work closely with our region’s first responders, police officers, paramedics and outside referring hospitals to make sure they have the information and skills needed to save lives and get patients to our center for the care they need. We coordinate with LERN when patients have serious injuries or time-sensitive illnesses to make sure they get the help they need quickly. We also work with members of our community to provide education on how to avoid or reduce the risk of traumatic injuries.