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News spotlight: Nurses help tornado victims from Joplin hospital

Nurse Leader Insider, May 30, 2011

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Nurses at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO carried patients from their rooms, loaded them into trucks, and rushed them to nearby Freeman West Medical Center after a massive tornado destroyed the hospital, taking off its roof.

The nurses were manually giving oxygen to patients who had been on ventilators before the tornado hit, and remained with their patients at Freeman.

Freeman was said to have treated about 465 people in the wake of the tornado, with limited power and no working phone lines. Approximately 888 employees reported to work that night, more than double the amount of employees scheduled for a typical night at the hospital, as well as over 100 additional volunteer clinical staff who were not employed by Freeman.

Source: Wall Street Journal



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