Lee Health Trauma Facts
Trauma & Emergency Center - Gulf Coast Medical Center
13681 Doctors Way Fort Myers, FL 33912
Trauma Fast Facts
- Lee Health's Trauma Center is the only trauma center between Sarasota and Miami. It is one of 36 trauma centers in Florida.
- Nationally, trauma is the No. 1 killer for ages 1-46, with a secondary peak after the age of 65.
- The "Golden Hour" is the first hour after a patient's injury. This is the most critical period that could be the difference between life or death.
- More than 275,000 (one person every 3 minutes) people lose their lives to trauma in the United States each year. (CDC)
- Lee Health's Trauma Center cares for approximately 3.986 traumatically injured patients each year.
- National studies show that patient mortality and morbidity is reduced by 20-25 percent when a patient is treated for traumatic injuries and is cared for in a trauma system rather than a non-trauma system.
- The average length of stay in a trauma center is less than eight days.
- Florida is divided into 19 trauma service areas, some of which have no active trauma center.
- Motor vehicle crashes make up more than 50 percent of all trauma cases in Florida.
- About 19.4 percent of patients who enter a standard emergency room are uninsured. About 15.1 percent of patients who enter a trauma center are uninsured.
- There are more than 1 million residents in the Lee County Trauma Services District area.
Learn More About Lee Health Trauma
Support Groups and Mentoring
Our Outreach Services provide additional support and help improve outcomes for trauma patients and families.
Lee Health Trauma Center offers free community education programs to prevent injury.
The resources can help get you started on your journey toward understanding and coping after your traumatic injury.