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Level I TGH Trauma Center

Level I trauma centers are equipped to care for the most critically ill and injured adult and pediatric patients with dedicated resources such as trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons and other surgical and non-surgical specialists, medical personnel, equipment and facilities available 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.

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 equipped with the most advanced life support equipment.  We also have a special neonatal transport team that travels aboard Aeromed if critically ill neonates need to be transported.

Patients may also be transferred to a level I trauma center like TGH when a physician feels the patient’s needs exceed the capabilities of the current facility or that the patient would benefit from services available at a level I trauma center.

American College of Surgeons Verified Trauma center logo TGH’s level I trauma center for adult and pediatric patients is the first and only program in Florida to achieve verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for the quality of its trauma care. A review team from the ACS, consisting of nationally recognized experts in trauma care, performed an in-depth, on-site assessment of every aspect of TGH’s trauma program. The ACS recognizes the TGH level I trauma center for its dedication to providing optimal care for adults and children, as well as its demonstrated commitment to education, research and community outreach. *

Air transport services provided by Metro Aviation, Inc.

Pediatric Trauma

Our state-approved pediatric trauma referral center is staffed with physicians and nurses who specialize in pediatric emergency medicine. As a level I pediatric trauma center, specialists, including pediatric surgeons and pediatric neurosurgeons, provide the highest level of trauma care for children.

Pediatric inpatients are cared for within Tampa General Hospital’s Children’s Medical Center.

Trauma Center Mission


Tampa General Hospital’s Regional Trauma Center’s multidisciplinary care model provides the residents of West Central Florida with comprehensive and compassionate trauma care. TGH serves as a focal point in community education for trauma system development, injury prevention and disaster response.

TGH provides a continuum of care for our trauma patients:

  • Injury prevention
  • Pre-hospital transfer center
  • Surgical services
  • Trauma intensive care
  • Intermediate unit
  • Trauma inpatient unit
  • Rehabilitation center
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Support groups and community education

 Facts About the TGH Trauma Center

  • 95% injured patient survival rate
  • More than 650 severely injured (ISS>15) treated here each year
  • Specialty surgeons are available for the following trauma cases: cardiac, hand, microsurgery, obstetric/gynecologic, ophthalmic, oral/maxillofacial, orthopedic, otorhinolaryngologic, plastic, thoracic and urologic.
  • TGH operates five aeromedical helicopters* to transport trauma patients from 23 surrounding counties.
  • Treats patients of ALL ages
  • Dedicated trauma ORs are always ready
  • Participates in an inclusive system of trauma care, including providing leadership, system evaluation and quality improvement activities.

*Air transport services provided by Metro Aviation, Inc.

Trauma Center Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When should a patient be transferred to a trauma center?

A: Anytime a physician feels the patient’s needs exceed the capabilities of the current facility or that the patient would benefit from the services available at a Level I Trauma Center.

Q: Why is a trauma surgeon seeing me?

A: Your care team members are selected to meet your specific needs. Specialty surgeons, such as trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons or orthopedic surgeons, may be assigned to your care depending on the nature of your traumatic injuries. The trauma program is required to have a trauma surgeon available 24/7 to address emergent surgical injuries.

Q: What is the difference between a Level I and a Level II trauma center?

A: Level I and II trauma centers have similar capabilities and resources dedicated to the severely injured patient.  However, the level I trauma center is organized around the care of many multiple injury patients. The level I trauma center also serves as the regional resource for the subspecialty care not always available at level II trauma centers. The level I trauma center further supports the trauma system and community through active research and education programs.