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What is a Trauma Center?

A Trauma Center is a hospital that is committed to caring for critically injured patients, and is verified or designated by an outside authority to provide:

  • Trauma Team of trauma-trained professionals, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • A multidisciplinary team of professionals needed for the complex care of severely injured patients.
  • Immediate operating room availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • ICU with trauma-trained nurses and allied health professionals to provide expertise in critical care.
  • Specialized equipment for diagnosing and treating traumatic injuries.
  • A comprehensive Trauma Registry to provide data needed for the trauma program and the trauma system.
  • A Performance Improvement Program to actively seek areas for improving the care of injured patients.
  • A Trauma Prevention and Education Program.
  • Participation in regional and state Trauma System development and improvement.
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