Faran Bokhari, MD, Trauma Chairman
1900 W. Polk St. Rm 1300Chicago, IL 60612
Cook County Hospital’s Trauma Unit is one of the largest trauma units in the United States. It was also one of the first comprehensive trauma units. In 1966, Dr. Robert Freeark and Dr. Robert Baker conceived of a comprehensive trauma unit. This unit would provide a continuum of care for all seriously injured trauma patients beginning in the prehospital and resuscitation phases, through operative and post-operative or post-injury care and continuing on to the outpatient and rehabilitation settings. The patient is cared for by the same team of physicians from their initial encounter in the resuscitation area throughout their hospital stay. Continuing the theme of comprehensive care, the same trauma nursing team works in the Trauma Resuscitation area, the Trauma observation area, and the Trauma Intensive Care Unit.
The original Cook County Trauma Unit was located in a renovated physician’s dining room on the third floor of the old Cook County hospital. In December of 2002, we moved into the new state-of-the-art John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital. Trauma is located on the first floor near the Emergency Department. The Trauma Resuscitation area is, however, completely separate from the Emergency Department.
We have 15 trauma resuscitation bays that include a shock room. Most X-rays are done in our unit with the exception of CT scanning and angiography. Point of care testing is immediately available as is point of care ultrasound.
All seriously injured trauma patients are brought directly to our Resuscitation area. Last year we treated over 5000 patients including pediatric trauma and burn patients.
The Trauma Intensive Care Unit is a 12-bed unit adjacent to the resuscitation area. The same team of physicians and nurses cares for patients in both areas. We admit over 600 patients per year to our Intensive Care Unit.
We also have a 10-bed Trauma observation area where we can monitor those patients who require frequent assessment during the first 24 hours post injury.