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Tampa Trauma Center Information

When someone is seriously injured, they often need to go to an emergency room—known today as a trauma center—for medical assistance. These medical care departments are a vital resource to a community especially when someone has incurred a life-threatening injury from an auto accident.

The Tampa area has two trauma centers: St. Joseph's Hospital, which has both a designated Level II Trauma Center and a Pediatric Trauma Center, and Tampa General Hospital, which is a Level I Trauma Center.

Note: If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, contact us for a free consultation. We visit both of these hospitals to speak to accident victims.

Medical Trauma

A medical trauma is defined as a sudden onset of a physical injury with sufficient severity to require immediate medical attention. If someone experiencing a trauma doesn’t get medical attention quickly, the injury might cause systemic shock called “shock trauma” and may require immediate resuscitation and interventions to save life or limb.

Auto accidents are the number one cause of personal injury in the United States, and there are certain common types of traumatic injuries that come from car crashes which require a trip to a trauma center. Some of these are:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Skull fractures
  • Collapsed lungs
  • Crush injuries
  • Burn injuries.

What is a Trauma Center?

A trauma center—traditionally called an emergency room—is a medical care unit found in a licensed hospital that is equipped to deal with traumatic injuries. Each state has laws that designates the levels of trauma centers and provides guidelines on what is required to meet a certain level of trauma center. Most states follow the same general designations so that there is uniformity in the meaning of the different levels of trauma care.

Types of trauma centers in Florida

Like most states, Florida uses a level system to designate the type of trauma care available with each center. The Florida Department of Health creates the designation of the trauma centers throughout the state. Each center is then verified by American College of Surgeons which has nationally standards used in the verification process.

A trauma center needs to be re-verified every three years, and for a center to gain and maintain a level I designations, it must provide both adult and pediatric services. These designations are:

  • Level I Trauma Centers
  • Level II Trauma Centers
  • Pediatric Trauma Centers

Florida Level I Trauma Centers

A Level I trauma center in Florida must meet standards of a trauma center and be verified by the Florida Department of Health.

  • Has the resources, equipment and personnel to handle critical patient care.
  • Has formal trauma certified doctors, nurses and surgeons on staff at all times.
  • Has the formal research and education programs for the enhancement of trauma care.
  • Serves as a resource facility to Level II and Pediatric Trauma Centers.
  • Has various levels of local (municipal) support and funding

Level II Trauma Centers

These are similar to Level I trauma centers but do not require the research and residency components. Additionally, they have lower volume requirements of major trauma patients.

Components of Level II Center

  • Has the resources, equipment and personnel to handle critical patient care.
  • Has formal trauma certified doctors, nurses and surgeons on staff at all times.
  • Continues in training for the enhancement of trauma care.
  • Has various levels of local (municipal) support and funding

Pediatric Trauma Centers

All Level I Trauma Centers must have serve as a Pediatric Trauma Center, and other trauma centers can have the designations of a Pediatric Trauma Center without a Level I or II designation.

Components of a Pediatric Trauma Center

  • Has the resources and equipment to handle critical pediatric patients.
  • Has the personnel and staff trained and certified in pediatric critical care.
  • Has a pediatric trauma certified emergency doctor and a pediatric surgeon on at all times.

Tampa Metro Area Trauma Centers

St Joseph’s Hospital
- Level II Trauma Center (https://baycare.org/locations/s/st-josephs-hospital--emergency-center)
- Pediatric Trauma Center (https://baycare.org/locations/s/st-josephs-childrens-steinbrenner-emergency-trauma-center)
3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd Tampa, Florida, 33607
(800) 229-2273

Tampa General Hospital
- Level I Trauma Center (https://www.tgh.org/services/emergency-trauma)
1 Tampa General Cir
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 844-7000

Contact a Traumatic Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has visited a trauma center as a result of an auto accident due to someone else’s negligence, you need to speak to an attorney to learn your rights under the law. You may be entitled to compensation from the person that injured you. Don’t go it alone, call an attorney at RHINO Lawyers which is the powerful, results-driven law firm that takes Insurance Companies and Bullies “head on!” We describe our bold modern approach to “Accident & Personal Injury Law” and “Our Personal Mission” to empower Florida’s families to “Take Charge!”


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