Life savers

Trauma can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere.

One minute everything’s fine. The next minute you or someone you love is fighting to survive. Donors to the University Hospital Foundation have ensured that our trauma teams have some of the most advanced technology to work with. 

Ongoing investments in level one trauma care will:

Support the purchase of advanced equipment for trauma surgical teams

Maintain ongoing research projects that are key to improving trauma care

Help educate the public on how to avoid trauma

Practice makes perfect

The University of Alberta Hospital’s level one trauma team sees more severely injured trauma patients than any other hospital in Canada.

That means more patients with severe burns to 20% or more of their body, multiple bone fractures and/ or critical injuries to one or more systems in the body, including the central nervous, cardiovascular, digestive and urologic.

It also serves a massive area that covers parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. So our level one trauma teams have had plenty of “practice” dealing with patients who, if not for their heroic efforts, would die.

That’s why it’s one of the best trauma teams in the country – and the busiest.


UAH is Northern Alberta’s only Level One Trauma Centre with a catchment area of about 2.6 million people


The Emergency Department handles about 707 major trauma cases each year


The CT scanner runs 24 hours a day

HERE Magazine

A trauma story

Facing the very real prospect of bleeding to death, Bryce Bezooyen desperately needed something hopeful to cling to. He had precious few options to choose from. Northern Alberta’s only Level One Trauma Centre was there for him, the UAH sees some of the most severely ill or injured patients.

“In terms of brain, spine and peripheral nerve conditions, there is virtually nothing we can’t do here in Edmonton.”

Dr. David Zygun