Timing, teamwork crucial in disaster response
When disaster strikes, clear communication between
medical personnel is essential
|How do hospitals handle disasters?
March 17, 1999
Web posted at: 11:27 a.m. EST (1627 GMT)
(CNN) -- Plane crashes, bombings and other disasters -- like
Monday's deadly collision of a truck and an Amtrak train in
Illinois -- can produce dozens, if not hundreds or thousands,
of victims. But when an emergency response is needed,
doctors usually do not go to the scene.
Instead, they wait at hospitals while paramedics in the field
determine the severity of injuries.
Most hospitals have a disaster plan that is coordinated with
local emergency personnel, and the key to making it work is
communication. Watch this report from Correspondent Greg
LaMotte and see for yourself how disaster response is
coordinated when timing is crucial.