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Minnesota Statewide Trauma System

Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for people between the ages of one and 44, and the third leading cause of death overall, second only to cancer and heart disease. More years of potential life before age 65 are lost due to injury than due to any other cause. Deaths due to injury costs Minnesota over $2.5 billion dollars each year.

Potential years of life lost
Centers for Disease Control, Years of Potential Life Lost in Minnesota

For a seriously injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving definitive care may be an important predictor of survival. The chance of survival diminishes with time, but a trauma system can improve the chances of survival through shortened transit times and better trauma care.

Minnesota's trauma system is a network of hospitals and ambulance services organized and coordinated to optimize the care provided to seriously injured people by ensuring that injured people are cared for at a hospital with resources that are matched with the injured persons' needs.

Hospitals voluntarily participate in the trauma system by attaining designation as a Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 trauma hospital. Designation levels reflect the resource capabilities of the respective hospital, Level 1s having the greatest number of resources. It is not a ranking of the quality of care provided by the hospital.

Do you live close to a trauma hospital?

98% of Minnesotans live within 60 minutes of a trauma hospital.

Map of drive times to trauma hospitals
Drive times to designated trauma hospitals; MDH Statewide Trauma System, 2019