Unintentional injury or trauma is the fifth leading cause of death in Missouri. It is the most frequent cause of visits to the emergency department, causing more than half a million visits in 2010.

What is Trauma?

Trauma is injury to a tissue or organ resulting from the transfer of energy from the environment. Examples of common types of situations leading to serious injuries that require trauma care include:

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • ATV crashes
  • Pedestrian/Cyclist
  • Fires/Burns
  • Poisoning
  • Firearms
  • Over-exertion
  • Suffocation
  • Drowning/Near Drowning

Prompt treatment for serious injury reduces disability and improves outcomes. Designated trauma centers in Missouri meet standards to provide definitive and timely treatment for trauma patients. Minutes matter.
Call 911.