Hospital grows more crowded
Emergency room overcrowding jumped to dangerous levels again at Los Angeles County’s flagship public hospital in August.
County-USC Medical Center’s emergency room was overcrowded for about 98% of the month, according to a report presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Especially troubling was the near doubling of time the hospital faced “dangerous overcrowding,” from about 34% in July to about 65% in August. Wait time in the emergency room also rose, from 11 hours and 11 minutes in July to 12 hours and 29 minutes in August.