In the State of California, traumatic injury is the primary cause of death for people ages 1 to 44, regardless of gender, race, or economic status. Injuries, both unintentional and those caused by acts of violence, are among the top ten killers for Americans of all ages. Trauma results from motor vehicle collisions, falls, burns, stabbing and gunshot wounds, or other blunt or penetrating forces.
California Trauma System
California’s 81 designated Trauma Centers receive and admit over 70,000 trauma patients per year.1 Trauma care in California is delivered and governed by a structure of public and private entities working together to prevent injuries, reduce trauma-related mortality and morbidity rates, and maximize cost-benefit of trauma healthcare for all Californians. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Authority is charged with providing oversight and leadership to 33 local emergency medical service agencies (LEMSAs) statewide. These LEMSAs are responsible for assessing, directing, developing, and implementing their local or regional EMS and trauma plans based on local topography, demographics, population density, available healthcare resources, and funding.
2022 Trauma Summit
Virtual State of California Trauma Summit Program for October 6, 2022