Injury is the leading cause of death for people ages 1-44. For those people ages 1-34, there are more lives lost due to injury than all other causes of death combined. Every year, there are 175,000 deaths due to trauma.
Trauma Centers Save LivesMorbidity and mortality are significantly lower for patients taken to a trauma center following severe injury—even if the trauma center is not the closest hospital.
What Is a Trauma Center?A hospital committed to the optimal care of the severely injured patient. Essential elements are trained and capable personnel, adequate facilities, and ongoing self-assessment, including the following characteristics: