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Ridley-Thomas advocates for Level I trauma center in South L.A.

OW Staff Writer | 7/2/2015, midnight
Trauma injury, from prevention to rehabilitation. They are also research and teaching facilities.

Trauma injury, from prevention to rehabilitation. They are also research and teaching facilities.

“Ensuring quality trauma care is a priority for me,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “We need more information and analysis to get a complete picture of the county’s trauma care needs. In particular, the trauma care system must provide intensive services, including trauma prevention strategies in those ‘hot spot’ areas with persistently high trauma mortality rates.”

The latest data shows that Los Angeles County, as a whole, has one of the best trauma care systems in the world, with the overall mortality rate at 3.6 percent, well below the national average of 4.2 percent. However, South Los Angeles accounts for 20 percent of the trauma-related deaths, while it is only 10 percent of Los Angeles County’s population.

“We are now on our way to re-establishing the highest quality trauma care for the residents of Los Angeles County that are most in need,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “I look forward to the report in the fall so we can move as quickly as possible on this effort.”