The University of Virginia Medical Center's designation as a Virginia Level I Trauma Center demonstrates the hospitals commitment to provide injured patients the best opportunity for optimal recovery. UVA is one of five Virginia hospitals designated to provide the highest level of trauma services. In addition to outstanding clinical capabilities, the trauma program is engaged in public education, injury prevention and trauma research.
Virginia Trauma Centers are hospitals with a voluntary commitment to provide quality trauma care within their specified capabilities:
Level I - These facilities are regional centers which have the capability of providing leadership and total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. These centers offer comprehensive care, including advanced surgical care.
Level II- These facilities are expected to provide initial definitive trauma care regardless of severity of injury. Patients with more complex injuries may have to be transferred to a Level I center.
Level III- These facilities provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, emergency operations, and stabilization. They also arrange for possible transfer to a Level I or Level II facility that can provide definitive trauma care. Level III facilities serve areas that do not have immediate access to a Level I or Level II facility.