Annual Report

Transforming Trauma Care

Oregon Health & Science University 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, the 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 through the skill and expertise of our surgeons, residents nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and ancillary staff. The multidisciplinary teamwork found within OHSU is the overarching factor that leads to successful treatment of seriously injured patients. The resources invested in our program by hospital administration, the expertise and time contributed by our medical school faculty, and the dedication of our health care specialists all result in a broadly based commitment to transforming trauma care.

2013 Trauma Program Report Summary

  • In 2013, the Trauma Program at OHSU treated 2,517 patients
  • 1,636 patients (65%) were brought to OHSU directly from the scene of injury, and 881 patients (35%) were transferred from another hospital
  • The mean Injury Severity Score of injured patients increased from 2012, with an average ISS of 14.43 for patients who arrived from the scene of injury and an average ISS of 15.33 for hospital transfers
  • The number of patients 64 years of age and older increased, while the number of patients younger than 64 decreased.
    Injury Prevention: ThinkFirst and the Matter of Balance fall prevention course had another successful year, serving more than 46,000 community members in 2013
  • The Trauma Research Institute of Oregon published 41 research papers and presented research at major surgical meetings around the world

Read the full 2013 Trauma Program Report