The only trauma center serving San Francisco and northern San Mateo County pulls together after the Asiana Airlines crash and cares for more of the accident victims than any other hospital in the city.
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 International Airport.
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.
The staff at Stanford Hospital conducted a disaster drill a few weeks ago, a routine reminder for doctors and nurses on what to do if patients started pouring in.
Those skills were put to the test Saturday afternoon, when the Palo Alto medical center and its children’s hospital took in 55 patients from the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport.