The mission of the OHSU Trauma program is to provide the highest quality, cost effective care to critically injured trauma patients throughout Oregon and surrounding states. This mission is accomplished through extraordinary commitment of the trauma surgeons, emergency medicine, physicians, nursing, and hundreds of physician sub specialists and ancillary personnel. OHSU also fulfills the mission of excellence in trauma care through a comprehensive program of research, resident, nursing, rural provider education, community outreach/prevention activities, and a comprehensive quality improvement plan.
The OHSU Trauma Program has an active clinical and basic science research program which continues to bring groundbreaking innovation to the care of trauma patients. Researchers at OHSU have provided unprecedented evidence that trauma system development and implementation improves the outcomes of trauma patients. Other researchers are actively involved in evaluating and improving the outcome of patients with severe traumatic brain injury and hemorrhagic shock. Clinical trials of new therapies and medical devices are ongoing daily through the OHSU Trauma Program.
The OHSU Trauma Program is actively involved in the education of interns and residents as well as medical, nursing, and pharmacy students in trauma care. The OHSU Trauma Program sponsors a fully accredited surgical critical care fellowship. In addition to this ongoing medical education program, the Trauma Program sponsors the annual "Northwest States Trauma Conference" which provides trauma educational opportunities to physicians, nurses, paramedics, and other healthcare providers from rural areas in Oregon and surrounding states. The Trauma Program also hosts Advanced Trauma Life Support Course. Trauma surgeons, Emergency Medicine physicians and nurses travel throughout Oregon providing dozens of trauma case reviews, lectures, and the Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) for referring hospitals and their staff.
Community Outreach and Injury Prevention Activities
The OHSU Trauma Program is committed to reaching out to the surrounding community through injury prevention education and interventions. The Trauma Program collaborates with Think First, the head injury prevention program to sponsor community health fairs and bike helmet distribution programs. Recently, our injury prevention program is launching a falls prevention program called "A Matter of Balance." This program will be presented throughout the Portland metropolitan area in senior centers and assisting living facilities as an effort to decrease the rate of ground level falls in the elderly.