Trauma & Emergency Services


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UW Medicine Trauma & Emergency Services provides emergency medical services 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and is staffed and equipped to care for all emergent medical conditions, illnesses and injuries. All of our emergency departments are staffed with board certified emergency medicine specialists. Our multidisciplinary UW Medicine team evaluates your medical need regardless of the nature of your concern, ability to pay, race, gender or religious background, and determines the best treatment options based upon your medical condition. UW Medicine hospitals provide high quality emergency and trauma care services, each with a slightly different focus of care.

Find more information on emergency departments at the following medical centers:

Airlift Northwest

Airlift Northwest, an entity of UW Medicine, is a preeminent provider of air medical services in the Pacific Northwest. It is dedicated to providing safe, efficient air medical care to critically ill and injured infants, children and adults. Working with first responders and referring health professionals throughout Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WAMI), Airlift Northwest transports patients to the best care for their medical conditions, whether local hospitals, regional trauma centers or specialty care centers.

UW Medicine Transfer Center

Works with physicians and transport staff to facilitate rapid and safe transfers of patients from healthcare facilities in the Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho region to our UW Medicine hospitals.

Our commitment to excellence is reflected not only in our patient care but in our training, research and community programs. Our research scientists advance the standards of trauma and emergency care by exploring new therapeutic strategies to enhance the care of these complex patients. Our clinical staff receives ongoing hands-on training in the latest trauma and emergency care protocols.

We also assists in the training of emergency department staff and first responders throughout the Pacific Northwest such as the highly acclaimed Medic One program. Our community outreach and education programs aim to diminish the personal impact of trauma and critical illness ​and broaden the effectiveness of injury prevention and treatment programs regionally and nationally.

Urgent Care

If you suffer from a non-life-threatening emergency that requires immediate care, you may also visit our UW Medicine Urgent Care clinics, where care is available on a walk-in basis. When your primary care clinic is closed, urgent care can address the sudden onset of illness and other health issues that could worsen without immediate attention.  


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