What is Vanderbilt Trauma Bay?
The site serves as a forum for all practitioners at Vanderbilt that are involved in the care of adult trauma patients to share information, ideas and opinions. Take a moment and leave us your comments or to write us your questions. Vanderbilt Medical Center is the Level I Trauma Center for middle TN, southern KY and northern AL and serves the populace within a 56,000 square mile area. Care of the polytrauma patient is commonly utilized skill set for the clinical staff at the Vanderbilt Adult Emergency Department (ED) and Trauma Unit. Vanderbilt is consistently ranked as one of the top ten busiest centers in the United States. Trauma care is provided thru both the Medical Center and Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
Trauma at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt is the only Level 1 trauma center within the geographic area encompassing southern KY, middle TN and northern AL, roughly an area of >50,000 square miles. We consistently rank among the top trauma centers in the US in the area of patient outcomes and patient volume. The time from injury to highly specialized trauma care is critical in saving lives and decreasing disabilities. Vanderbilt provides a level of care that can make the difference between life and death.
- The Adult ED has >55,000 admissions per year. Approximately 2500 Level 1/Trauma Alert patients are evaluated per year.
- The Adult ED sees and average of 5 Level 1 patients per 24 hour period
- 53% of all Level 1 patients arrive via air medical helicopter
- Nashville Fire Department EMS brings the majority of our Level 1 ground patients
- Vanderbilt LifeFlight brings 70% of all trauma patients delivered via helicopter/fixed wing aircraft
- The trauma unit encompasses 31 beds both acute/subacute, with approximately 3000 admissions per year
- The Vanderbilt Burn Unit is a 24 bed Level 1 unit and serves as the major burn referral center for TN and surrounding states.
Vanderbilt Trauma in the News
House Organ Story | TLC feature in the VU Reporter | TLC Trauma
About this Site
The purpose of this site is to enhance the education of all individuals involved in the care of trauma patients both in and outside Vanderbilt Medical Center. The site is authored and managed by Kevin High RN, Trauma Program Manager/Department of Emergency Medicine who can reached at
. The Webmaster is Josh Keckley
This site as well as emails, comments, or instant messages from its author are to be used for educational purposes only. Please refer to the Vanderbilt HR site for any and all institutional policies. Any images that appear here fall under the VUH photography guidelines. This site will occasionally utilize clinical scenarios for teaching purposes. Said scenarios should also not be considered a factual re-telling of actual events. It's a blend of reality and my own personal creative liberty. All patient details are changed to make identifying them impossible, far exceeding the minimum standards for de-identification of patient information. For further information, read the HIPAA Privacy Summary.
Terms and Rules of Engagement
Comments are moderated, so yours may take awhile to appear. Commenting is provided as a courtesy only. We do not edit comments, only delete those breaking the commenting rules. Following are the guidelines but in the end my judgement is subjective. Comments using profanity, that violate the Vanderbilt credo or any VU policy automatically get deleted.