About Trauma

What is a Trauma?
A trauma is a life threatening injury that is so severe the body’s systems begin to shut down. Patients with a traumatic injury have the greatest chance of survival if they reach a trauma center within sixty minutes of their injury – the period known as the “golden hour.” To save time, patients are often transported to trauma centers by helicopter. TGH’s aeromedical transport program, Aeromed transports critically ill or injured patients from 23 surrounding counties aboard our four aeromedical helicopters equipped with the most advanced life support equipment.

What is a Trauma Center?
A trauma center is a hospital that has dedicated resources such as trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons and other surgical and non-surgical specialists, medical personnel, equipment and facilities available to treat severely injured patients, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tampa General Hospital is the only level I trauma center in West Central Florida providing treatment to adults and children with critical injuries. Providing care for trauma patients requires the collaboration of physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Our multidisciplinary team is committed to providing excellent and compassionate care to all victims of trauma. With our partners at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, we work to optimize patient care, education, and continued performance improvement. Tampa General Hospital’s state-verified trauma program proudly maintains Gold Seal Certification from The Joint Commission in Multi-System Trauma and Orthopedic Trauma.