Texas Health Data
Trauma Data

Data by
Trauma Service Area        County of Residence

The EMS/Trauma Registry data presented here are based on passive surveillance of traumatic injury data submitted by Texas hospitals. Hospitals are required to report trauma that is defined as:

  • Patient has sustained at least one injury between ICD-9-CM diagnostic codes 800.0 and 959.9, excluding 905-909, 910-924, and 930-939, AND
    • Patient was admitted for greater than 48 hours, OR
    • Patient was seen, received stabilization care, and then transferred to a higher-level acute care hospital (ACH), OR
    • Patient died after receiving any evaluation or treatment or was dead on arrival
  • Patient has sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury (SCI)

Type of Injury is coded using International Classification of Diseases 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9CM) and categorization is based on the E-Code groupings recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data include fatal and non-fatal injuries. However, data do not include death certificate information. To obtain public data on injury mortality, please see the death data module of Texas Health Data.

The aggregate totals associated with each reporting year are in terms of submissions and not in terms of patients. A patient that sustains a traumatic injury may receive stabilizing care at one medical facility before being transferred to another facility. Each location generates a record that contributes to the total number of trauma-related records. Hospital participation levels vary on an annual basis and therefore it is not anticipated that this passive surveillance system captures all trauma hospitalizations; however, the data provided are representative of major injuries in the state.

NOTE: Although "Unintentional - Drowning/ Submersion" may be queried, until September 2013, rules required submersion injuries be reported via paper form to the submersion registry; thus submersion numbers reported via the EMS/Trauma Registry are fewer than those reported to the submersion registry. For submersion data, contact Injury Epidemiology and EMS/Trauma Registry Staff

Data are presented for Trauma Service Area and County of Residence.

For more information regarding Texas EMS/Trauma Registry hospital data, visit: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/injury or call (512) 458-7266.

Last updated August 2014