Stanford University Medical Center 's Trauma/Surgical Critical Care program provides the full range of patient care services for both adult and pediatric trauma patients. Stanford's Trauma Center was established in 1986 and is designated by Santa Clara County and the American College of Surgeons as a Level I trauma center. It serves both Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
The program serves primarily northern Santa Clara and southern San Mateo counties and also collaborates with Santa Cruz , San Benito , Monterey , Alameda and Stanislaus counties to coordinate trauma patient care and provide referral resources for their patients who require highly specialized care.
Injury is the major under-appreciated health problem in United States . It is the major cause of death between ages 1 and 44. The number of trauma-related deaths annually approaches 150,000. On a daily basis, this is the equivalent of a fully-loaded 747 plane crashing with no survivors. The resulting loss of productive years of life exceeds that of cancer and cardiovascular disease combined, with associated societal costs exceeding $500 billion annually. In fact, based upon the best available data, injury will equal or surpass communicable disease in the year 2020 as the number one cause of disability-adjusted-life-years world-wide.