A Level I Trauma Center is the highest level of comprehensive emergency and trauma care for patients with severe injuries. A Level I Trauma Center can provide complete care from prevention to rehabilitation. Most offer teaching programs for medical residents and fellows while conducting continuous research.
Level II Trauma Center
A Level II Trauma Center is capable of initiating definitive care for all injured patients, no matter how severe or complex the injuries may be.
Level II Trauma Centers do not have the research and publication requirements a Level I Trauma Center has.
Level III Trauma Center
A Level III Trauma Center has the ability to provide immediate assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.
They do not require an onsite trauma surgeon available 24-hours daily but do require one available on call.
Level IV Trauma Center
A Level IV Trauma Center has proven the ability to provide advanced trauma life support (ATLS) prior to the patient transferring to a higher-level trauma center.
They evaluate, stabilize and diagnose capabilities of injured patients.
Level V Trauma Center
A Level V Trauma Center provides initial evaluation, stabilization and diagnostic capabilities while patients prepare to transfer to higher-level trauma centers.