Trauma—It Affects All of Us

Contact: Trauma Services
Office: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Room 8601, University Hospital
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, New York 13210
Phone: 315 464-4773

Central New York's only Level I Trauma Center serving the 14 counties stretching from Canada to the Pennsylvania border.

Each year, more than 140,000 Americans die from injuries, and one in three Americans suffer from a nonfatal injury. Trauma is a major contributor to

  • Loss of work
  • Increase in health care costs
  • Shortage of Intensive Care Unit beds

Trauma is a physical injury caused by an external force to the body. This force may be from a motor vehicle accident, gunshot, stabbing or fall from height. Major trauma includes patients with multiple systems involvement who require immediate intervention to save their life.

Recent studies have shown that proper trauma care can save 20% of 100,000 Americans who die annually from traumatic injury. Such care is offered only by organized Trauma Centers.

University Hospital has developed a comprehensive trauma program that meets the American College of Surgeons and New York State Standards for Trauma Centers and provides care for all types of severe trauma and life-threatening injury.

University Hospital is staffed 24 hours a day by in-house specialists and on-call physicians. These specialists include:

  • Trauma Surgeons
  • Emergency Medicine Physicians
  • Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Trauma Nurses
  • Vital Support Services including:
    • Blood Bank
    • Laboratory
    • Respiratory Care Services
    • Radiology
    • Operating Room

In addition, the Regional Trauma Center contains sophisticated and current equipment to resuscitate, stabilize and support the most critically injured patient.