SF General Hospital’s Trauma Unit Responds to Region’s Biggest Disasters Outstanding Trauma Care for Asiana Plane Crash Victims Reflects Strong UCSF-SFGH Collaboration
Geoff Manley, MD, PhD, was heading to a meeting at San Francisco
General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH) last week when he heard
something on the radio about a plane crash at San Francisco
Initial news reports were unclear about the severity of the
accident and the number injured, but Manley, SFGH’s chief of
neurosurgery and an internationally recognized expert in brain
trauma, knew one thing: he needed to step on the gas and go to
the hospital immediately.
By the time he got there, the first wave of patients – with some
of the most serious injuries – was arriving at the public
hospital, the only Level 1 Trauma Center for the city and county
of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County.
Over the next six-and-a-half hours on July 6, three more waves of
patients would follow, with conditions ranging from road rash and
fractures to spinal cord and brain injuries, from the crash of
Asiana Airlines Flight 214.