SFGH Ambulance Diversions
“When the Emergency Department cannot handle additional patients, all ambulances in the City are put on diversion: that is, they are sent to other hospitals. In 1996, diversions occurred at 1% of the time; in September 2000, the rate climbed to 45% and averages 30-35% currently.
[In 2006 the diversion rate was approximately
"All departments [at SFGH] are understaffed, but the Emergency Department is critically understaffed.…patients admitted from the Emergency Department often must be treated in hallways for days while waiting for beds...
May 17, 2001,
UCSF Academic Senate Clinical Affairs Committee
San Francisco General Hospital Crisis: What Are The
SFGH Helipad would increase Emergency Room
Helicopters bringing more patients from surrounding counties
Level of Care)
would increase the diversion of
ambulances carrying San Francisco residents. A helipad at SFGH would
REDUCE emergency room service for San Franciscans.
Out-of-County patient transfers should continue to
fly to the Level One Trauma Care hospitals in Palo
Alto, Sacramento and San Jose, which can more
readily handle extra trauma patients. These
Level One Trauma Centers do not additionally serve
as the County Hospital for their respective regions,
as does SFGH, and therefore overcrowding is not such