Trauma Center 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.

2017 Annual trauma report

• In 2017, the Trauma Service at OHSU treated 2,885 patients. • Of those, 1,774 patients (61.5 percent) were brought to OHSU directly from the scene of injury, and 1,111 (38.5 percent) were transferred from another hospital. • The mean injury severity score of admitted patients was 12.5. • Falls were the most common mechanism of injury for those at the extremes of age. • Injury Prevention: ThinkFirst, Matter of Balance Fall Prevention and the Tom Sargent Safety Center had another successful year, serving thousands of community members. • The Trauma Laboratory had another productive year, publishing 57 research papers and receiving more than $6 million in new and continued funding. 

View the 2017 trauma program report