Trauma Center

​​All trauma centers are designated with levels to ensure that facilities have the resources, organizations and expertise to provide optimal care for injured patients. Harborview is the only Level I adult and pediatric trauma center in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.


A Level I trauma center provides the highest level of care, around-the-clock for injured patients from resuscitation through rehabilitation. Emergency physicians, surgeons, surgical specialists, nurses, anesthesiologists and other professionals are always in house and available to provide immediate care.

As a Level I trauma center, Harborview also provides leadership in injury prevention programs, teaching, community outreach and education.

Harborview was the first hospital to be designated in the Washington state trauma system and received its adult Level I status in December 1993. Next, Harborview worked in collaboration with Seattle Children’s to be designated as a Level I pediatric trauma center in November 1995.


Seattle's Medic One, headquartered at Harborview, deploys well-trained paramedics able to resuscitate patient while they are being transported to the appropriate hospital.

Airlift Northwest transports patients from the four-state region via helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

The Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center is one of the premier institutions researching how and why people suffer injuries and what can be done to prevent them. The phenomenal success of the Washington children’s bicycle helmet campaign, an international model, demonstrates the value of the center’s multidisciplinary, inclusive approach in injury prevention programs.

Harborview works with LifeCenter Northwest to work on a national initiative to save more lives through organ donation.

Trauma Report

Medical discovery

Researchers at Harborview Medical Center are joining a national study to determine what role tranexamic acid plays in decreasing mortality for patients with traumatic brain injuries.

Harborview Medical Center is studying the effects of genetics on recovery after a traumatic injury. The grant involves multiple U.S. trauma centers and crosses medical disciplines.