UCLA Medical Center and Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Centerhave treated 25 patients injured in a car accident on July 16 in SantaMonica, Calif.
As of 4:30 p.m. PDT on Thursday, July 17, four patientsremain at UCLA Medical Center. One adult and one child are in criticalcondition; two adults are in fair condition. The other child who had been inthe pediatric intensive care unit, a male infant, died at 1:30 p.m. PDT onThursday, July 17; he was surrounded by his family. Nine patients have beentreated and released.
UCLA Medical Center has opened a center for family membersof patients being treated at the hospital. For more information, family membersshould call the hospital's patient relations office at (310) 825-7271.
At Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, 12 patients weretreated, including the infant who was stabilized and transferred to UCLAMedical Center.
Of the other 11 patients, four sustained serious injuries.One of those four seriously injured patients had surgery Wednesday, July 16,and one is undergoing surgery on Thursday, July 17. One of the remaining twoseriously injured is in serious condition, and one is in good condition. Allseven patients with minor injuries were treated and released.
The accident in Santa Monica raises the issue of the needfor blood donors. Currently there is less than a one-day supply of O-negativeblood in the Southern California region. UCLA Medical Center needs healthydonors of all blood types to come and donate. To make an appointment, call theUCLA Blood and Platelet Center at (310) 825-0888, ext. 2.