Trauma Closure Rates Remain High at California Hospital

Full closures soared by seven times over the previous year


 
 

KELLIE SCHMITT, The Bakersfield Californian | | Tuesday, July 3, 2012


KERN COUNTY, Calif. -- From January to May, severely injured patients couldn't go by ambulance to Kern Medical Center -- the county's only trauma facility -- on 16 separate occasions for a total of 3,707 minutes.

That means someone in a life-or-death situation had to go somewhere else for care, somewhere without the critical resources KMC has to offer.

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