Every 4 seconds someone
in the US is traumatically injured and every 6 minutes
someone will die from a trauma injury.
Nationally, trauma is
the number one killer for those between the ages of 1 and
The "Golden Hour" is
the first hour after a patient's injury. This is the most
critical period within which the life or death of the victim
usually is determined.
National studies show
that patient mortality and morbidity is reduced by 25% when that
patient is treated for traumatic injuries in a TRAUMA CENTER
rather than in a non-trauma center.
The averages length of
stay in a trauma center is 4.5-6 days.
Florida is divided into
22 trauma service areas, some of which have no active trauma
There are 22 trauma
centers in the state of Florida.
Motor vehicle crashes
make up more than 50% of all trauma cases in Florida.
In 2010, 42,916 Florida residents and visitors were treated in a
trauma center in Florida.
About 19.4% of patients
who enter a standard emergency room are uninsured.
Conversely, about 15.1% of patients who enter a trauma
center are uninsured.
Since the Florida
Legislature created the state's first trauma legislation in
1982, no consistent and sustained funding source for the
trauma centers has been established on the state level.
In 1982 when Florida's
first trauma legislation was passed, there were 50 trauma
centers state-wide. Today, there are 22 state designated
trauma centers operating in Florida.
The Florida trauma
centers that have surrendered their trauma designation have
done so due to the overwhelming financial commitments
required to make a trauma center a clinically viable
Lee Memorial Health
System trauma center is the only trauma center on Florida's
Gulf Coast between Tampa and Miami.
There are more than 1
million residents in the Lee County Trauma Services
More than 90% of
admissions to the LMHS Trauma Center in Fiscal Year 2010
were due to "blunt force trauma" primarily to auto accidents