NEWS | May 18, 2018

UC Davis re-verified as level I trauma center by the American College of Surgeons


UC Davis Medical Center has been re-verified as a level I trauma center, the highest level possible, by the American College of Surgeons, making it the only level I trauma center for both adults and children in inland Northern California and one of only two in California.

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In addition to providing evidence-based treatment for injuries due to falls, car accidents, fires, gunshots and other incidents, level I centers are leaders in trauma training, research and outreach.

“Our team works tirelessly to provide world-class care to patients while also improving trauma outcomes worldwide and reducing injuries in our own community,” said Joseph Galante, chief of trauma and acute care surgery at UC Davis. “This re-verification is due to their talent and commitment.”

Complete care, anytime

The verification program promotes the development of trauma centers that offer the entire spectrum of care, from transport through treatment and rehabilitation. All level I centers have a complete range of specialists and technology available onsite, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

At UC Davis Medical Center, both adult and pediatric trauma services are provided in one location. Unique initiatives of the hospital include:

  • A collaboration with the U.S. Air Force for cross-training surgeons in civilian and military trauma care 
  • Stop the Bleed courses to teach the public how to stop life-threatening bleeding following emergencies and disasters 
  • A community effort to aid the emotional recovery of young victims of violence and prevent further violence
  • Training for surgeons on REBOA (resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta), technology first developed by the military to control intra-abdominal and pelvic bleeding

A history of leadership in trauma

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There also is a longstanding tradition of leadership in trauma care at UC Davis. Its emergency and trauma center is named for one of the founders of modern orthopedic trauma surgery, Michael Chapman, who served as chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition, the UC Davis medical library is named for F. William Blaisdell, who is acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer in modern trauma care and who served as chair of the Department of Surgery.

The trauma center re-verification is valid through 2021. More information on the verification process is on the American College of Surgeons website.

Additional information about the UC Davis Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery is at Details about the Trauma Prevention and Outreach Program is on the program’s website.