Trauma refers to serious injury caused by a physical force from an event such as a car/motorcycle crash, fall, drowning, violence, fire or sports/recreational activities. The
statistics are sobering:
- Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death in Americans from age 1 to 44.
- Most traumatic injuries are the result of falls and blunt-force injury such as vehicle crashes.
- There are nearly 200,000 deaths from trauma in the US every year.
- The cost of trauma is staggering at nearly $200 billion a year from injuries, lost wages and medical costs.
As the area's premier medical center, Gundersen is committed to decreasing injuries, costs and deaths in our communities. In addition to providing comprehensive trauma care to people in the Tri-State Region, we are leaders in education of community members, healthcare professionals, and local agencies and groups in trauma care and injury prevention.
Gundersen also conducts and participates in research focused on medical and nursing care, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and injury prevention in order to provide the best care for people in the Coulee Region.
Nationally verified Trauma Center
Gundersen is the Coulee Region's highest verified trauma center by the American College of Surgeons. This verification, continuously held since 2005, distinguishes Gundersen as having met national benchmarks in its ability to provide immediate, specialized and multidisciplinary care of the most severe and critically injured people. This includes:
Regional resource for rural hospitals
More than 80 percent of the trauma patients treated at Gundersen come from rural communities outside of La Crosse. We serve patients from western Wisconsin, northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota with consistently lower mortality rates than the national average for the past six years. Collaboration with regional hospitals and emergency medical teams is used to care for trauma patients. This includes technologies such as state-of-the-art air and ground emergency transport, telemedicine, digital imaging and electronic patient records to deliver emergent care to the patient.