volume 74, issue 10, P930-934 2008
DOI: 10.1177/000313480807401010
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Abstract: In 2005, a major Level I trauma center closed in Los Angeles County, leading to media speculation that the sudden expansion of our catchment area would adversely affect outcome. We sought to determine whether the closure led to longer transport times and increased trauma morbidity and mortality at our Level I trauma center. Annual patient volume, paramedic transport times, injury severity score (ISS), mechanism of injury, complication rate, and mortality were retrospectively compared between two time periods,…

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