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Report: Ambulances Slowed by Filled-to-Capacity Hospitals

Hospital bed shortages delayed Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance crews nearly 37,000 hours last year, costing the city about $6 million, according to a report presented to the Fire Commission today.

Ambulance crews aim to spend no more than 20 minutes dropping patients off at hospitals, but often must wait longer due to a lack of beds, fire officials said. The number of hours wasted in 2013 — 36,627 — is equivalent to parking four or more ambulances at one hospital every day, they said.