Through research, advocacy, community collaboration, fund development, and focusing efforts on research informed interventions and programs, TREF demonstrates stewardship to the San Diego County Regional Trauma System through our commitment to trauma, burn, and injury prevention and to state of the art trauma medicine. San Diego’s Regional Trauma system consists of six trauma centers; Palomar Medical Center, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego (Regional Pediatric Center), Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and UC San Diego Health System (Regional Burn Center). The trauma system serves the residents and visitors of San Diego County, and advances the field of Trauma Medicine locally, nationally and internationally.
TREF is dedicated and passionate about trauma and injury prevention, exemplary trauma response and treatment, and physical and emotional rehabilitation for victims of trauma and their families. TREF’s core purpose is to educate, train, and inspire medical professionals, emergency response teams, community groups and schools, and the public in ways that help people lead healthy active lives and that save lives and reduce traumatic injuries due to preventable causes.
“One of the most critical health problems in the United States today is the sudden loss of life and disability caused by catastrophic accidents and illnesses. Every year thousands of people in this country die or suffer permanent harm because of the lack of adequate and available emergency medical services.”
(‘Prehospital Emergency Care, Ninth Edition’ ©2010 by Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458)