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Safety education and prevention programs

Trauma Nurses Talk Tough

Care for serious injuries and illnesses

Patients with immediate, critical medical needs in the Portland-Vancouver area and across the region receive the finest care available at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. We feature a Level I Trauma Center, the highest level possible, with life-saving capabilities for serious injuries and illnesses.

Legacy Emanuel provides a complete system for receiving these patients, including a heliport for the emergency helicopters to deliver patients from across the region.

Our full-time surgeons are leaders in the statewide trauma system. Along with other private practice surgeons, they provide around-the-clock care at our trauma center. We also send surgery teams to hospitals with patients who cannot be moved.

We are verified by the American College of Surgeons, the highest designation for trauma care. We collect data from trauma cases in the Legacy Trauma Registry to improve our care. In addition, doctors and researchers use these data in our Trauma Registry, and we work with other Level I and II trauma centers in research activities, exchanging data from our registry.

What makes a Level I trauma center?

Level I trauma centers, such as the one at Legacy Emanuel, are regulated by the state of Oregon, to provide “the highest level of definitive, comprehensive care for the severely injured adult and pediatric patient with complex, multi-system trauma,” according to the state’s guidelines.

Below are the standards for a Level 1 trauma center:

  • A Level I facility is the regional resource trauma center in the system and has the capability of providing total patient care for every aspect of injury from prevention through rehabilitation.
  • Highly specialized care for pediatric trauma, burns, spinal cord injury, eye injury, limb re-implantation, and other clinical problems is available at the Level I center.
  • An emergency physician, general surgeon, anesthesiologist, and nursing and ancillary personnel who can initiate immediate surgery are in-house and available to the patient on arrival to the emergency department.
  • A neurosurgeon is on-call and promptly available to the patient.
  • A broad range of sub-specialists are on-call and promptly available to provide consultation or care.
  • In addition to direct patient care, Level I trauma centers are responsible for resident training, research, regional quality improvement, community education, outreach, and injury prevention.

Public policy and legislative advocacy

Research shows that safety laws are the most effective way to change behavior. An important part of our injury prevention agenda is fighting for public policy that supports improved safety and injury prevention.

In the past two decades, the tireless advocacy of TNTT has influenced the Oregon state legislature and resulted in the passage of numerous laws. Examples of TNTT-supported legislation, now law, are:

  • Oregon is the only state that requires kids under age 16 to wear helmets while on bicycles, scooters, skateboards and rollerblades.
  • All motor vehicle operators and passengers must be properly secured with a safety belt or safety harness.
  • All motorcycle riders must wear helmets.
  • Children under age 18 are not allowed to ride in the beds of pickup trucks.
  • Children must be restrained in a booster seat until age 8 and/or they are 4'9" tall.

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Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
2801 N. Gantenbein Avenue, Room 4125
Portland, OR 97227
Telephone: 503-413-4960
Email: TNTT