Minutes after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport, the team at Stanford Hospital began preparing for injured patients. Marianne Favro reports.
Only four injured passengers remaining at Stanford Hospital, but on the day of the Asiana Airlines crash, 55 passengers were treated there.
NBC Bay Area's Marianne Favro got a rare behind-the-scenes look at how the emergency room handled so many patients at once.
Minutes after Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport, the team at Stanford Hospital began preparing for injured patients.
One-hundred-fifty doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists poured into the emergency room, and teams began setting up a triage area in the parking lot outside the emergency room.
A little over an hour after the crash, the first patients arrived in the ER. A total of 55 passengers from Asiana Flight 214 were treated at Stanford Hospital, the largest volume of patients the ER has received at once in more than 20 years.
Dr. Bob Norris treated many of them.
"The most severe injuries were severe lacerations, inner abdominal injuries,” Dr. Norris said. “The spinal fractures were the worst.”
Dr. Norris says there is no doubt the drills the hospital performed just three weeks before the crash helped the hospital give the injured patients the best and fastest care possible.