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The University of Kentucky Hospital trauma program is an American College of Surgeons accredited Adult and Pediatric Level I Trauma Center. UK Hospital Trauma Center is one of only two Level I centers servicing the needs of Kentuckians. It is the only center providing tertiary trauma care for Central and Eastern Kentucky. The University of Kentucky Hospital provides trauma care for 20,000 square miles with a population of 1.4 million. The hospital serves as the regional referral center for the 49 Appalachian counties comprising eastern Kentucky as well as the 11 counties surrounding Fayette County.

The trauma service evaluates approximately 5000 patients and admits close to 3000 patients per year. UK Hospital is committed to providing timely, high-quality and cost-effective care for patients with complex, multi-system trauma or single-system trauma requiring specialized surgical services through a collaborative medical and nursing framework.

The trauma program allows close integration and management of patient progress from time of injury to hospital discharge. This is accomplished through data collection to include all injury-related admissions to UK Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children's Hospital to reflect a comprehensive programmatic view of our experience as a Level I trauma center. Data collection includes an analysis of patient demographics, regional referral distribution and patterns, volume trends, injury severity scores and overall outcomes.

As the Level I Trauma Center for Central and Eastern Kentucky, the UK Trauma Program has a commitment to the community. Our commitment is to provide injury prevention education for all stages of life, including our highest risk group the teenage population. Along with community education, additional advanced trauma education is offered, including Advanced Trauma Life Support, Rural Trauma Team Development Course, monthly prehospital lectures and additional trauma education as requested.

Due to the significance of alcohol as a contributor to trauma related injuries, a source of identification and intervention is provided for these patients by a full time Licensed Counselor.

As an academic medical center and an American College of Surgeon verified Level I Trauma Center research is an integral part of our trauma program. We are actively involved in community, basic and nationally recognized clinical research.



Pediatric Trauma Care Guidelines 2011 (PDF Document)

Trauma Protocol Manual (PDF Document)

Trauma Annual Report (PDF Document)

Surgical Trauma & Critical Care