Trauma centers in Texas
Trauma centers are categorized into four levels: A Level 1 (I) trauma center provides the most comprehensive care, while a Level 4 (IV) trauma center provides the most basic care.
A Level I center is defined as a facility that:
- Is a regional resource hospital that is central to a trauma care system.
- Provides total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation.
- Maintains resources and personnel for patient care, education and research (usually in a university-based teaching hospital).
- Provides leadership in education, research and system planning to all hospitals caring for injured patients in the region.
The standard for a Level I trauma center is 1,200 or more trauma-related admissions per year with at least 240 of those being classified as major trauma.
As Level I trauma centers, Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple offer expanded orthopedic trauma services with fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeons capable of treating complex musculoskeletal injuries.