Every year in the United States, trauma accounts for 41 million emergency room visits. From falls to car crashes to assaults, traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1 and 46 years old. When trauma strikes, timely and expert treatment is critical to a patient’s survival and long-term recovery.
Scripps is one of the leading providers of trauma care in San Diego County. We provide immediate, highly specialized care to more than 3,500 critically injured patients every year through our Level I Trauma Center at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego and Level II Trauma Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Our expert trauma surgeons, specialty physicians and multidisciplinary team of trauma staff are ready 24 hours a day to care for every type of traumatic injury.
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla is a Level 2 trauma center that cares for more than 1,700 trauma patients each year.
Scripps Mercy Hospital is a Level 1 trauma center and a private teaching and research hospital for trauma.
Trauma patients frequently need immediate, highly specialized care for their severe and often life-threatening injuries. Scripps has on-site experts in a full range of medical specialties. Expert trauma surgeons and other specialty physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers and technologists dedicated to trauma care stand ready 24 hours a day to provide our community’s top care for the critically injured with the most advanced trauma treatments and technology available.
In addition, Scripps Trauma Centers provide on-site imaging, specialized operating suites, interventional radiology and pathology to ensure patients are diagnosed and treated quickly. Following treatment, Scripps offers a full continuum of services to help patients recover as quickly and fully as possible. Our services include:
- Trauma surgery
- Trauma critical care medicine
- Trauma ophthalmology
- Plastic and reconstructive surgery
- Trauma radiology
- Trauma social work
- Trauma case management
- Physical rehabilitation
- Wound healing therapy
- Voice therapy
- Swallowing therapy
- Palliative care
- Spiritual care
Scripps Trauma Centers are important community resources. In addition to patient care services, we provide information, expertise and leadership in preventing and treating serious injury. Our community outreach programs are designed to improve trauma outcomes and prevent injury through public and professional education. Learn more about our education and events.
Scripps is part of the San Diego County Trauma System, a nationally recognized model for trauma care. Because of our regional trauma system, a person who sustains a life-threatening injury in San Diego is twice as likely to survive compared to any other part of the U.S.
Serving all of San Diego County and many patients from Imperial County hospitals, the San Diego County Trauma System is a successful public-private partnership between the County of San Diego and six designated Trauma Centers:
- Palomar Medical Center
- Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
- Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
- Sharp Memorial Hospital
- Rady Children’s Hospital
- UC San Diego Medical Center
The County Health and Human Services Agency’s (HHSA) Emergency Medical Services triages patients to one of the six centers based on a number of factors, including geographic proximity. Each trauma center receives injured trauma patients in a defined area in the county known as its “catchment area.” Whether arriving by ambulance, helicopter or on foot, critically injured people are rapidly assessed and the coordination of trauma care begins. Learn more about the San Diego County Trauma system.