The Trauma and Life Support Center (TLC) is a 24-bed critical care inpatient unit at the University Hospital that primarily serves the adult medical, surgical and trauma patient populations. Our patients range in age from adolescent to older adult. Patients are admitted on an emergent or non-emergent basis through a variety of routes including the Emergency Department, direct admissions from outlying facilities, in-house transfers and post-operative/procedural admissions.


Being a patient or a family member of a patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) can be a difficult experience. With this in mind, it is our goal to clearly communicate information with you while also being careful to maintain patient privacy and confidentiality.



About the UW Health Trauma and Life Support Center

About the TLC


The majority of patients admitted to TLC are critically ill medical, post-surgical or post-traumatic patients who require aggressive intervention. Our staff serves patients who have undergone aortic and thoracic aneurysm repair, extensive facial/oral/neck reconstruction, and liver transplantation as well as those who have experienced multi-system failure, respiratory failure and gastrointestinal bleeding.

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Share Your Story


If you have a personal story you would like to share about your experience as a patient or family member in the UW Health Trauma and Life Support Center (TLC), we welcome you to share your testimonial for possible publication on our website.


Share your TLC experience


Nominate a TLC nurse for a DAISY Award 

Nominate a Nurse


Did a nurse in the TLC provide you or a loved one with remarkable, compassionate care? Consider nominating the nurse for a DAISY Award, which recognizes our nurses for providing exceptional care.


Nominate a nurse for a DAISY Award



Dr. Suresh Agarwal, MD 

Meet Your Team


Dr. Suresh Agarwal specializes in burn surgery, trauma surgery, surgical critical care and general surgery. His research interests include chest wall stabilization, inflammation in wounds, trauma, and sepsis and therapy for acute lung injury using a variety of ventilation strategies. Meet Dr. Agarwal


Meet more TLC team members