This snapshot of emergency surge capacity in Los Angeles, CA, provides the results of a survey conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as part of the wider study "Hospital Emergency Surge Capacity: Not Ready for the 'Predictable Surprise.'" The scenario used in the study was a terrorist bombing equivalent to the 2004 bombing in Madrid, which sent over 270 patients to one hospital in a period of 2.5 hours. Major findings from the survey of Level I trauma centers include the following: three of the the five emergency rooms were operating above capacity, with the average emergency room at 116 percent capacity; no trauma center had sufficient treatment space, critical care capacity, or regular inpatient beds for a Madrid size attack; three of the five hospitals were on diversion on a typical afternoon. All five trauma centers responded to the follow up financial impact survey which asked questions about the impact of Medicaid regulations.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: http://oversight.house.gov/