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About the Trauma One Center

OU Medical Center is proud to have the state's only Level One Trauma Center. When time is critical, you or your loved one can be seen by board certified trauma surgeons and medical specialists within minutes of arrival at the Trauma One Center at OU Medical Center.

Not every ER can handle every emergency, and the Trauma One Center at OU Medical Center has comprehensive trauma care that can handle the most critical emergencies. From car crashes to gunshot wounds and tornado injuries to farming accidents, the Trauma One Center has the expertise, equipment and space to treat them all. 

Utilizing the resources and expertise from The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, the TraumaOne Center can even care for pediatric patients, meaning anyone of any age can be treated here. 

In the fall of 2001, The Trauma One Center at OU Medical Center became the only Level One Trauma Center in Oklahoma as verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This is the highest national rating a trauma center can receive.

 Why the Trauma One Center?

  • Level One Trauma Centers provide the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients.

  • We have a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and health care staff as well as specialists and specialized, state-of-the-art equipment capable of treating the most severe and critical injuries, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • This means we have comprehensive care, including the availability of an operating room and a trauma surgeon in the hospital waiting on trauma 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

  • For most people in western and central Oklahoma, the closest Level One Trauma Center is right here in Oklahoma City at OU Medical Center. 

  • The Trauma One Center at OU Medical Center is perfectly located for regional access. In fact, the center is situated in one of best hospital locations in Oklahoma. It is in the geographic center of the state and sits at the crossroads of Interstates 40, 35 and 44. 

  • The Trauma One Center has full access to Medi Flight at OU Medical Center, an air ambulance service that can be dispatched in minutes to airlift patients to OU Medical Center.  

OU Medical Center is located on the campus of the Oklahoma Health Center, the largest concentration of medical education, research and compassionate health care in Oklahoma. It's no wonder that OU Medical Center is the only Oklahoma City hospital that has committed the time, money and effort to be an ACS verified Level One Trauma Center. 

We are committed to providing the medical services and care that you deserve. 

What is the Golden Hour?

It has long been known that the best chance for survival following a traumatic injury occurs when the injured person is seen and treated within an hour of the event. This hour is known as the "Golden Hour" and the chance of survival for the level one trauma patient decreases significantly after an hour has passed. Paramedics "scoop and run" in a level 1 trauma call. The plan is to waste little time at the scene and to rapidly transport the patient to a level one trauma center. Paramedics will even bypass closer hospitals to get the patient to the trauma center.

For a state trauma system to work, paramedics, ambulance services and other hospitals, from the largest metro hospital to the smallest community hospital, must be committed to getting the patient to the level 1 trauma center within the "golden hour."

Stories of Heroes and Healing

As Oklahoma’s only level one trauma center, The Trauma One Center at OU Medical Center receives the most critical cases resulting from major calamities to gunshot victims. See how our dedicated team collaborates with rescue and medical professionals across the state to save lives, even when the odds seem against them.

Tyler Zander