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The U-M Department of Surgery's Division of Acute Care Surgery encompasses care for major trauma and burn patients as well as the management of emergency surgery and critical care services.

The University of Michigan is a Level 1 Trauma and Burn Verified Center, recognized by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association as meeting or exceeding the highest standards of care for the most critically injured patients. As the state's only Burn Verified Center the U-M is a recognized leader not only in treating the most severely burn-injured patients, but also in burn prevention, education and research.

The University of Michigan's air medical transport program, Survival Flight, is utilized to quickly transport critically ill and injured patients from throughout the state and surrounding region.

Surgical critical care is coordinated through this Division, providing ongoing care for patients in the trauma-burn intensive care unit as well as the surgical intensive care unit. Emergency surgery patients as well as those requiring specialized pulmonary, renal, cardiovascular, neurological or post-operative monitoring are managed by the Division of Acute Care Surgery. This service oversees the management of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) including extra corporeal membrane oygenation (ECMO) both within UMHS as well as during transport of patients from outside institutions.

The Department of Surgery's Division of Acute Care Surgery reflects the current model of fostering 'acute care surgeons' by combining the disciplines of trauma, burn, surgical critical care, and emergency general surgery. The Acute Care surgery team provides multidisciplinary patient care, education and training (including 6 ACGME-approved fellowship positions in Surgical Critical Care) and innovative research in trauma, burn, critical care and emergency surgery.