About Florida Trauma

The HCA FL trauma network has been successful in saving lives across Florida – saving thousands more lives than before the trauma network existed.

Fact Sheets

Each of our five hospitals has significantly improved the lives of Florida’s residents, and the following fact sheets provide information on each of the trauma center’s benefits to their communities.

Our Trauma Network

Our Plan

With our five HCA hospitals, we have created a statewide trauma care network with the goal of providing local, quality trauma care to all Florida residents. All five of our hospitals have specially trained surgeons, staff, and cutting edge technology to bring quality trauma care to communities across Florida through Level II Trauma Center designation.

Ultimately, our goal is to ensure access to trauma care for all Floridians. There are two fundamental principles to help ensure Florida provides this level of care: 1) two trauma centers per one million residents, or 2) provide every resident access to trauma care within thirty minutes of pre-hospital time. Each of these options ensures that patients have access to local, quality trauma care in the critical window of time. Increasing the number of trauma centers shortens the amount of time it takes for a patient to receive care, which increases patients’ survival rate.

In addition to our current statewide network of hospitals, HCA FL is constantly working to strengthen the statewide network of trauma centers by identifying areas that need quality, local trauma care. For instance, Osceola Regional Medical Center has applied for Level II Trauma Center privileges, as there is a large demand for a trauma center in that community. Currently, Orlando Regional Medical Center is the only Level I Trauma center in Central Florida, servicing more than 15 counties – and faces a much higher demand due to population size and the tourism industry. Osceola Regional Medical Center’s trauma center will bring much needed local, quality trauma care to the community and increase the survival rate of those injured in the area. Additionally, Okaloosa and Walton Counties do not have local access to trauma centers. The closest trauma centers is nearly 50 miles away well beyond the 30 minute transport time outlined by the Florida Department of Health.

Our Success

We are thankful that our success can be measured by the countless lives saved by our trauma centers across the state of Florida. Not only have our trauma centers, with talented surgeons, staff, and cutting-edge equipment, saved more lives, but we have done so in areas that weren’t previously accessible to quality trauma care.

The average survival rate in Florida is 94.6 percent. At our trauma centers, our surgeons and trained staff work hard to keep the survival rate higher than average. As of September 2013, our trauma centers have the following survival rates:

  • Kendall Regional Medical Center’s trauma center: 96.63 percent survival rate
  • Lawnwood Regional Medical Center’s trauma center: 95.58 percent survival rate
  • Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s trauma center: 95.56 percent survival rate
  • Blake Regional Medical Center’s trauma center: 92.25 percent survival rate
  • Ocala Regional Medical Center’s trauma center: 97.01 percent survival rate

In addition, the average length of stay in the HCA FL Trauma Network in 2012 was 5.3 days compared to 6.9 days in all other trauma centers in the state.

Our patients are testimony to the matchless quality of trauma care we provide Floridians – and are advocates on our behalf. Click here to watch recent patient testimonials.

Key Statistics on Trauma Care

As trauma is the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 44, and the 5th leading cause of death for all ages, it is more important than ever to work to save the lives of those who experience trauma. While emergency rooms treat ill and injured people, trauma centers handle the most severely injured patients and often make the difference between life and death.

It is critical to get trauma patients to a trauma center as quickly as possible after an injury.

  • Survival chances are greatest when trauma care is received within 60 minutes of injury.
  • Survival rates are increased when critically injured patients are cared for in trauma centers.
  • Today, only about 50 percent of the trauma patients in Florida receive treatment in a designated trauma center.
  • Minutes are the difference between life and death, and the locations of our trauma centers help patients receive trauma care within the critical golden hour.

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