The trauma center at the University of Texas Medical Branch in
Galveston (UTMB Health) is one of the largest and most technologically
sophisticated emergency care facilities in the world.
Designated a Level I trauma center, it serves as the lead
trauma facility for a nine-county region of southeast Texas. It is the
only Level I trauma center in the region that is also an official American Burn Association Verified Burn Center.
In the United States, trauma centers are ranked according to
standards established by the American College of Surgeons, from Level I
(comprehensive service) to Level III (limited care). The different
levels refer to the kinds of resources available in a trauma center and
the number of patients admitted annually.
UTMB's trauma center offers the full range of every medical and
surgical specialty 24/7,
365 days a year. It can respond to diverse medical needs, such as
mass casualties, multiple traumas, closed-head injury, severe burns,
petroleum industry accidents, hazardous material exposure, heart attacks
and a variety of minor complaints that are treated simultaneously.