​​​​​From Trauma Training Foto: Joachim Rohde

About TraumeCentre

As a Level I Trauma Center, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet has doctors in all specialties specialized in emergency care and post-traumatic reconstructive surgery for injured patients.

The Trauma Centre at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet is a highly specialized unit that receives severely injured (> 1.000 patients/year) and acutely ill patients (450 patients/year) from the eastern part of Denmark. Furthermore seriously burned patients from all over Denmark are received for treatment at the Burns Centre (250 patients/year). The emergency department (restricted access) is treating 12.000 patients/year.

Limited access to the emergency department

The Trauma Centre at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet does

not have open access to the emergency department treating minor injuries. Therefore, patients with no serious acute illness or acute severe injury will be referred to another hospital in the Capital Region with an open access Accident & Emergency Department. 

The Trauma Centre at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet apologizes for the inconvenience. However, we have to ensure that we can always treat those patients who require special examination and treatment after serious injury or severe illness.

The nearest Accident & Emergency Department is located at Bispebjerg Hospital.

Other functions

  • Acute Coordination Center, Rigshospitalet
  • Trauma Team activation
  • Cardiac arrest team activation
  • Helipad
  • Outpatient Clinic for needle sticks and other sharps-related injuries (for the employees on Rigshospitalet only)
  • Antidote storage
  • Inquiries related to the Danish Donor Registry

Our approach

Care of the injured or severely ill patient often begins outside hospital as the patient is treated by a doctor on scene and on route. When arriving to Rigshospitalet, the patient is taken directly to the Trauma Suite. Here our trauma or acute team receives the patient.

After the trauma team has diagnosed and stabilized a patient's injuries (primary and secondary survey), the patient may be admitted to the hospital. If necessary, the patient can undergo operation in the resuscitation area, or the patient is brought to the specialty specific operating room. Patients not need an operation will be admitted to a ward or stay in the Trauma Center for observation.

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