Vanderbilt University Hospital provides trauma care for 65,000 square miles. The Division of Trauma at Vanderbilt University Hospital handles close to 5,800 acute traumas admitting 4,300 of those annually. Essential for the quality of trauma care provided by Vanderbilt University Hospital are its facilities. These include a 20-bed burn unit, a 31 bed integrated Acute and Sub Acute care unit, which contains a 14 bed ICU, a 7 bed Acute Admission Area and a 10 bed Sub-Acute unit, and LifeFlight, an active air medical transport program. The Trauma Units' unique geography allows close integration and management of patient progress from admission to discharge. LifeFlight provides rapid access to the tertiary care facilities of the Trauma Center for all patients within a 140-mile radius of Nashville.
With over 2 decades of active service, the LifeFlight helicopters make over 2000 flights annually. LifeFlight and the Stallworth Rehabilitation Center allow patients to remain within the Vanderbilt system from the time of injury until their return to work. The trauma program at Vanderbilt is unique in that surgical residents gain exposure to the problems of both urban and rural trauma care. This comprehensive approach to trauma care and surgical critical care provides powerful research and educational opportunities for residents interested in a career in trauma surgery or surgical critical care.
In addition to the active clinical program, the division supports injury prevention, ongoing research opportunities, and continuing medical education programs such as American College of Surgeon’s: ATLS, ATOM, ASSET, RTTDC, and Stop the Bleed Classes.