Annual Report

2011 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 2011, the Trauma Service at OHSU treated 2567 patients. This is a 4.8% increase of 119 patients from 2010.

1721 (67%) were brought to OHSU directly from the scene of injury.

846 (33%) were transferred from another hospital for care of their injuries.

Both pediatric and geriatric volume continued to increase.

Injury Prevention: Think First Oregon reached 22,534 children and community members in their outreach efforts with the assistance of more than 125 volunteers.

During another productive year, the Trauma Research Laboratory adopted the name of the Trauma Research Institute of Oregon. They were awarded two research grants and one sub-award. There were also thirty-five papers published and several presentations at major surgical meetings.