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Pediatric Trauma

When an injury happens, trust the trauma team at Mercy with the care of your child. The Pediatric Trauma Center at Mercy is a verified Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. We are staffed 24/7, year-round, so the best care is always available for your family.

Trauma is the leading cause of death and disability in children and teenagers. At Mercy, we recognize children aren’t just tiny adults. The pediatric trauma team specializes in treating children of all sizes with the highest standards in trauma care. 

We are proud to offer:

  • The area's only board-certified pediatric neurosurgeon
  • Two orthopedic traumatologists on staff

Pediatric Emergency Transport

The faster an injured child can receive care at a trauma center, the better. That’s why we have a specialized pediatric and NICU transport team available for ground and air transport. 

Community Outreach

Our staff is proud to stay current on the latest pediatric trauma trends and treatment. We frequently provide injury prevention education to local community groups and EMS partners. For more information, contact the Pediatric Trauma Coordinator at (515) 247-4001.

Emergency Authorization 

Did you know — unless immediate care is necessary to prevent death or serious injury, your child cannot receive treatment without your consent? When leaving your child in the care of others, a signed release can make sure they receive medical attention quickly if needed. 

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Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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