Trauma Facts & Figures


In 2012, there were approximately 44,200 emergency department visits at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and 1,617 patients initiated a full trauma center response.  About 980 of those patients were admitted to the hospital. Many of those critically ill patients who were not expected to live survived, thanks to 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 to national trauma data bank