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Tip of the week: Anticipate late-arriving victims following large crashes

Hospital Safety Insider, January 21, 2009

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Last week’s plane crash into the Hudson River in New York City provided a call to action to that region’s hospitals when it comes to emergency response plans. One physician offered an interesting perspective that other healthcare facilities can work into their response efforts.

Alvaro Alban, MD, who works in the ER at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, NJ, expected in the hours and days after the crash that more victims would come to the hospital who may have initially declined treatment after being rescued.

The reason? Some victims may have been too shocked to take full stock of their condition and possible injuries immediately following such a traumatic crash, Alban told the Associated Press last week.

This scenario is worth drilling for in your emergency management exercises, perhaps as part of a test involving a late surge in patients.



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