Annual Report

2013 Trauma Service Report

Transforming Trauma Care

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is a Level 1 trauma center in Portland Oregon, providing tertiary trauma care for the Pacific Northwest.  Designated in 1988 by the Oregon Trauma Systems Section of the Department of Human Services, OHSU has a long history of commitment to the care of injured patients, to training residents and to research.  In 2012, OHSU received a three year verification by the American College of Surgeons.

OHSU is able to meet its obligations as a Level 1 trauma center due to the substantial commitment of a large number of professionals at this institution.  Teamwork is an overarching factor that leads to successful treatment of seriously injured patients.  Leaders in hospital administration have invested resources, medical school faculty has committed their expertise and time, and hospital employees have chosen to specialize in trauma care, resulting in a broadly based commitment to transforming trauma care.




• In 2013, the Trauma Service at OHSU treated 2517 patients.
• 1636 patients (65 percent) were brought to OHSU directly from the scene of injury, and 881 (35 percent) were transferred from another hospital.
•  The mean injury severity score of injured patients increased, with a mean of 14.43 for patients who arrived from the scene and 15.33 for transfers.
• The number of patients 64 and older increased, while the number of patients younger than 64 decreased.
• Injury Prevention: ThinkFirst and Matter of Balance Fall Prevention had another successful year, serving more than 46,000 community members.
• The Trauma Research Institute of Oregon had another productive year, publishing 41 research papers and presenting research at major surgical meetings around the world.