Emergency Medicine

  • Patient Care

    EM Patient

    The Department of Emergency Medicine at UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children's Hospital provides care for the most critically ill adults and children in a patient and family-centered atmosphere. The department handles emergency cases from throughout Iowa and surrounding states. The multidisciplinary service works closely with the medical and surgical departments at UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital to optimize the care and outcomes of patients young and old.

    Physician with Twins

    The department's clinical enterprise is staffed completely with board-certified emergency medicine specialists and is the only emergency room in eastern Iowa to staff board-certified pediatric specialists. Presently, the UI Department of Emergency Medicine serves as the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Iowa.

    UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children's Hospital are part of a growing network of hospitals and clinicians utilizing electronic patient records. Department physicians are able to gain access to medical history and other important data from patient's existing electronic medical record, which can be crucial in emergency situations.

    The Department of Emergency Medicine has developed a continuum of emergency care services. The most intensive level of service involves the 35 bed emergency department located within the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Opened in April 2008, it averages approximately 60,000 visits annually, and includes three trauma bays, two psychiatric emergency rooms and one room dedicated to dental, ear, nose, throat or eye emergencies. A virtual pediatric emergency department and chest pain unit also exist within the clinical space.


    Patient care efforts continue to grow as the Department of Emergency Medicine accounts for half of all hospital admissions.

    Expanded physical facilities within the department are being also being created to meet patient care needs. Additions currently under construction include four additional patient care rooms and five rooms for psychiatric evaluation. Construction on the nine room addition is expected to be completed in 2014.