When emergency medical services personnel respond to critically-injured patients, they transport them to the nearest trauma center capable of providing appropriate treatment. The availability of a trauma center in Seminole County reduces transport times for many patients in Central Florida during the "golden hour" - a 60-minute window for bringing patients to a designated trauma center. The golden hour refers to a time period lasting from a few minutes to several hours following trauma, during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will help to decrease death and disability. Rapid access to a trauma center provides timely care, decreasing mortality. Multiple studies, including a Sept. 2015 study in the "Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Surgery", show that the sooner care is given within that hour, the better the outcome.
Trauma centers provide timely and quality emergency medical care to help individuals affected by a serious injury continue to live to their full potential. Around-the-clock surgeons and specialists ensure the best possible care.
Level II Trauma Center
The state of Florida has designated Central Florida Regional Hospital a Level II Trauma Center serving Trauma Service Area (TSA) 8 which includes Orange, Seminole, Sumter, Lake and Osceola counties.
For trauma patients, every second counts. Studies show the sooner patients get to a trauma center, the better their chance for survival. Now with exceptional trauma-trained staff, the emergency response power of EMS and our partnership with USF College of Medicine, life-saving trauma care is close to home for patients and families in Seminole, west Volusia and Lake Counties. Patients and family can stay in their community and receive the care and support they need.
What is a trauma center?
According to the Florida Department of Health, a trauma center is a type of hospital that has trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons and other surgical and non-surgical specialists available at a moment's notice. In addition to the trauma team, physician specialists, medical personnel, equipment, and facilities are available 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week for immediate or follow-up treatment.
There are three types of trauma centers in Florida:
- LEVEL I--Full service facility including residents and performs research
- LEVEL II--Similar to a level I facility without the research requirement
- PEDIATRIC--Provides full level I services to pediatric (≤ 15 years) trauma patients
Central Florida Regional Hospital's Level II Trauma Center is affiliated with Florida's first and largest statewide network of trauma centers, developed as an affiliation between the University of South Florida (USF) and HCA to improve access and outcomes of injured patients. These trauma centers provide:
- 24/7 in-house coverage by a trauma surgeon
- 24/7 access to specialty and non-specialty surgeons and physicians
- 24/7 on-call neurosurgeons
- 24/7 on-site anesthesia provider, surgical services team and trauma-trained nurses
As one of the nation' s top research universities, USF Health combines their sophisticated trauma treatment model and research center with HCA' s highly skilled staff and advanced technology to deliver the best trauma care possible. Learn more at www.traumafl.com.
What is trauma?
Trauma is a serious injury or shock to the body. It is caused by a physical force, such as accident or violence. Trauma is the leading cause of death among Floridians under the age of 44, and Florida's death rate for trauma remains higher than the national average.
The following are examples of traumatic events:
- Motor vehicle collision
- Gunshot wounds and stabbings
- Other physical assault
- Sports injury
- Fire, flood, earthquake,ul or other natural disaster
Resulting injuries often include:
- Chest and abdominal trauma
- Spinal trauma
- Extremity trauma (leg or arm)
- Facial trauma - including eyes, ears, nose and mouth
- Brain and head trauma
- Neck trauma
If you are experiencing a medical emergency call 911!
If you have questions or comments about trauma, please contact us.