Georgia hospital hit by F3 tornado -- post-op patients, others evacuated

April 2007
Same-Day Surgery;Apr2007, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p41
Academic Journal
When an F3 tornado severely damaged a hospital in Americus, GA, all patients had to be evacuated, including five patients who had undergone surgery that day. Fifty-three patients were evacuated by area ambulances and a school bus. • The OR staff conducted an immediate amputation of a finger. The OR director helped direct triage and arranged medications for post-op patients who were in pain from being moved. • The hospital advises others to have an internal evacuation plan, two-way radios, a megaphone to direct staff and volunteers, and additional security.


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