Trauma Facts & Figures

In 2018, the hospitals of Cottage Health saw more than 78,500 visits. There were approximately 45,500 emergency department visits at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH), and 1,732 patients initiated a trauma activation.

Of those, 1,413 were admitted to the hospital. Many critically ill patients who were not expected to live did survive, under the care of the SBCH trauma team.

Trauma Services are fully integrated with SBCH’s Critical Care Services, which include adult, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care units.

SBCH is also a trauma research facility, making significant contributions to the emergency medicine field.

The Center’s continuous quality assessment and performance improvement program is coordinated with trauma research, and includes:

  • Trauma rounds
  • Weekly trauma charts review
  • Multidisciplinary performance review committee
  • Trauma registry
  • Trauma outcomes benchmarked with a national trauma database of Level I and II trauma centers