About 10 times a week, emergency medical physicians, surgeons and nurses at University of Utah Hospital scramble to save the life of a critically ill or injured person.

The injured are victims of motor vehicle accidents, avalanches, burns and explosions, and violent crimes. They might have suffered a heart attack or kidney failure or have pneumonia.Based on an evaluation of its highly trained staff and the facilities available to treat these critically injured patients, the U. Hospital has been designated one of only two level one trauma centers in Utah. The other is LDS Hospital.

All seven of the U. Hospital's emergency department physicians are board-certified, or are preparing to take the board exam in emergency medicine. The majority of the hospital's emergency medicine nurses are certified in their specialty and are qualified to provide advanced cardiac life support.

During Emergency Medical Services Week Sept. 18-24, the U. Hospital will join the rest of the nation in honoring all emergency specialists.