A hospital as victim and responder: the Sepulveda VA Medical Center and the Northridge earthquake.

Abstract

Many hospital emergency plans focus on the hospital as a disaster responder, with a fully operational medical facility, able to receive and treat mass casualties from a clearly defined accident scene. However, hospitals need to prepare a response for extreme casualty events such as earthquakes, tornadoes, or hurricanes. This article describes the planning, mitigation, response, and recovery of a major medical--surgical center thrust into a victim responder role following the devastating Northridge earthquake. The subsequent evacuation and care of patients, treatment of casualties, incident command, prior education and training, and recovery issues are addressed.

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@article{Chavez1996AHA, title={A hospital as victim and responder: the Sepulveda VA Medical Center and the Northridge earthquake.}, author={Claire Chavez and Brian J Binder}, journal={The Journal of emergency medicine}, year={1996}, volume={14 4}, pages={445-54} }