Coping with a traumatic injury goes on long after the crisis is over. The Vanderbilt Trauma Survivors Network offers resources and programs for trauma survivors, their families and friends to support one another after a traumatic event.

About Traumas

A trauma is a serious physical injury or shock to the body, often from a violent occurrence or accident, which can be blunt or penetrating trauma. Learn more about traumatic injuries in the American Trauma Society's Traumapedia.

Vanderbilt's Trauma Unit

The Trauma Unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center treats more than 3,000 acute trauma patients annually from Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas. We are the only Level 1 Trauma Unit in Middle Tennessee. As a Level 1 unit, we meet or exceed all criteria from the American College of Surgeons and provide the highest level of expertise and care.

Vanderbilt LifeFlight provides rapid access to the Trauma Unit for patients within a 140-mile radius of Nashville.

The Vanderbilt Trauma Center Family Handbook provides information and tips for patients and families while in the Trauma Center. The handbook also contains resources on recovery. Download the Trauma Center Family Handbook (PDF). 

Vanderbilt Multidisciplinary Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic 

The Vanderbilt Multidisciplinary Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic provides follow-up screenings for patients who came to Vanderbilt with a traumatic brain injury. The clinic helps ensure each patient recovers fully through a comprehensive screening of their mental health, physical health and quality of life after brain injury. Clinic screenings are three months after initial treatment.

About the National Trauma Survivors Network

Vanderbilt belongs to the national Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) organized by the American Trauma Society and hospitals around the country. The TSN offers resources to patients and families who are rebuilding their lives after a serious injury. Visit the TSN website for education materials, community opportunities and other resources.