After being measured against rigorous national criteria, the trauma center at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland has been verified as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
This designation of Level 1 Trauma Service is a significant recognition. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is one of only five ACS Pediatric Level 1 trauma centers in California. In the entire country, there are just 44 ACS Pediatric Level 1 trauma centers. Trauma centers are facilities specially equipped to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary medical services to trauma victims. Trauma centers are typically classified as Level 1, 2 or 3 based on the resources, equipment and specialists provided, as well as the trauma volume and research and educational commitment.
It is critical that trauma patients are transported to the right type of hospital where they can be properly treated. Studies have shown the chances of survival are higher when trauma victims are taken to a Level 1 trauma center rather than to a closer hospital that does not have the staff and equipment to provide trauma care. Research also has shown the busiest trauma centers experience better patient outcomes because the high volume translates to staff with better experience.
The ACS survey team found that Children’s provides not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care required to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.
The ACS verification process is a highly structured and extremely stringent review of all aspects of trauma care, including care provided by the Emergency Department, Surgical Services, Acute Care, PICU, Lab, Diagnostic Imaging, Rehabilitation, Injury Prevention, and outreach education.
“It’s critical that seriously injured children be treated at a trauma center that is geared to the child’s medical needs,” said UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s President and CEO Dr. Bertram Lubin. “The ACS Pediatric Level 1 trauma designation reaffirms that children needing trauma services will receive the most appropriate and highest quality trauma care available at our trauma center.”
Children’s Trauma Center has been designated by the State of California as a pediatric Level 1 trauma center since 1986. Since then, pediatric patients in counties throughout Northern California are transported to Children’s for the highest level of treatment available. The additional Pediatric Level 1 certification from the ACS brings national recognition to the Children’s Hospital’s Trauma Center.
About the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the organization’s Committee on Trauma (COT) Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons. For a full listing of American College of Surgeons verified trauma centers, please click here.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.