The Emergency Department within UofL Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center, is located in the heart of the Louisville Metro area. This trauma center has the distinction of being the first trauma center in the nation. The UofL Hospital Emergency Department (ED) sees more than 60,000 patients per year. The ED is comprised of a rapid assessment triage area, 31 treatment rooms, four trauma bays, and a triage area for Emergency Medical Services. We offer many levels of care for our community which include, but are not limited to, Stroke, Trauma, Burn, High-Risk Obstetrics, and Emergency Psychiatric Services. We also are the only facility that houses a decontamination area for chemical and biological decontamination.

Our medical team in the main Emergency Department consists of attending faculty physicians, resident physicians, and advanced practice registered nurses. As UofL Hospital is an academic medical center, care is also provided by interns and medical students, under the supervision of the faculty attending physicians. Registered Nurses provide exceptional nursing care under the guidelines of the Emergency Nurses Association. Many of the nursing staff are certified in trauma and emergency care.

Housed within the Emergency Department is First Care, an area for treating minor illnesses and injuries. This area is staffed by Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The goal is for our patients to have a medical screening exam within 30 minutes of arrival to the hospital. In this area, patients are seen, treated, and released within 120 minutes.

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE)

SAFE Services is the leader in forensic medicine for the city of Louisville, providing medical and forensic examinations for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence at UofL Hospital, as well as The Center for Women and Families. Since the start of the program at UofL Hospital, SAFE Services continues to grow at a rapid rate, providing around-the-clock care by nurses who specialize in this service.

For questions, call our nurses station at 502-562-3015.

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