Hospitals ready for next March 11

20th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 April 2007 , BADAJOZ – Spanish hospitals are fully prepared to deal with any high-casualty catastrophe such as the terrorist attacks on trains which occurred three years ago, killing almost 200 people and injuring hundreds more, a leading emergency care physician said on Friday.

20 April 2007

BADAJOZ – Spanish hospitals are fully prepared to deal with any high-casualty catastrophe such as the terrorist attacks on trains which occurred three years ago, killing almost 200 people and injuring hundreds more, a leading emergency care physician said on Friday.

Dr. Juan Navia Roque said the key to handling such emergencies was to ensure that every hospital had an efficient and well-coordinated allocation of staff and resources.

Roque is chief of emergency medicine and intensive care at Madrid’s Gregorio Marañon Hospital, which treated 321 victims of the 11 March 2004 bombings of rush hour commuter trains. 

Despite the horrific injuries from the attacks, the hospital registered only five deaths and two of those victims had died on the way, he told a conference on how the hospital dealt with the emergency, the worst terrorist attack in Spanish history.

Roque praised doctors, nurses, attendants and the ordinary citizens who helped on that day and said the hospital’s improvised dual classification and diagnosis system saved lives.

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Subject: Spanish news

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