“We got a couple of patients with respiratory issues, but it was really a matter of how many we were going to take and how quickly we could get them out of there,” said Dr. David Bier, the chief of emergency medicine at Grady Hospital in Georgia.
“There was a lot of excitement.
I remember sitting in our waiting room, just staring at the ceiling and wondering, ‘What if it gets worse?'”
Doctors from Einstein Hospital in Atlanta were the first to respond to the hospital’s evacuation order.
“I was just looking at the patient waiting room.
There was a patient on a stretcher with oxygen, a couple on the gurney and a couple in the hallway,” said Bier.
“It was just a matter, I guess, of getting the oxygen and getting them to the ICU.”
The next day, doctors and nurses at Gradys emergency room also had a hard time putting their bodies through the process.
They were working in the field, but doctors were being asked to operate at a level above their skill set, so they did their best to help, according to Bier and Dr. Michael Fink, head of emergency psychiatry at Grads Hospital in Kentucky.
“We were able to do it on a day-to-day basis, but we had a lot to learn,” Fink said.
“And some of those things you learned in the hospital, like working with patients on a moving stretcher, it wasn’t as much fun, but I think we all got to learn a lot.”
The hospital stayed open throughout the night.
By morning, the patient was breathing and alert, Bier said.
By the next morning, they were able see the patients again.
“You see the smile on their faces, it was great,” Bier added.
“That was the biggest thing that was encouraging us was how they were moving and how they had no idea what was happening.
So I think that helped us to learn about it a little bit more.” “
But when they got out of the hospital that day, we didn’t have any information about what had happened to them.
So I think that helped us to learn about it a little bit more.”
After a few days, Biers and Fink learned the exact number of patients who died at Graderys.
The hospital’s chief medical officer, Dr. Christopher Lippett, had been told the total number of fatalities was 589, but his staff realized it was more than that, Biest said.
Lippets initial assessment of the death toll was 2,543.
“What we realized was we had to look at all of the other cases and figure out the exact figure of how much it affected us,” he said.
At the time, the hospital had no data on how many patients had died because the medical record did not list the exact time of death.
“Our medical record has no records on the exact date of death,” Lippetts said.
The most likely date of the deaths was March 1, 1945, when at least 20 people died at the hospital.
The next worst day, March 2, had 8 patients, including the two who died.
“My first thought was, ‘Wow, that is really, really bad,'” Lippet said.
But the hospital began to improve its response to the situation, including a change in its policies.
“In the beginning, I thought, ‘This is not going to be good.
It is going to happen again,'” Lips said.
Doctors were able treat patients at their bedsides.
After that, patients could stay at their own bedside.
By May, the number of people who died had dropped to 1,742, but the number in intensive care remained at about 15 per day.
“The next big thing that we had started to do was start to make it more difficult for the patients to get to the bedsides,” Lips added.
He said that, in addition to being able to stay with patients, doctors were also able to bring them to intensive care units or hospital outpatient rooms.
“So, it’s not just patients that are dying, but also people that are in ICU or in the EDs,” Littets said.
There is a trend now for patients to be discharged to hospice care, but Bier still believes in a hospice model.
“A lot of times, patients are left on the operating table,” he added.
The Grady hospital will not reopen until the next year, when the government will consider a $5 billion federal grant to provide financial assistance to the company, which is still in talks with the federal government.
The government is also planning to fund the construction of a new medical center and medical clinic in Atlanta that would include beds, a hospital cafeteria, a surgical center and a drug-treatment center, according the government.
This project is being funded through the National Health Service Corps, which was created to provide health care to people in need.