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article imageSan Francisco General gives update on survivors of Asiana crash Special

By Jonathan Farrell     Jul 9, 2013 in Travel
San Francisco - While officials continue to investigate, sifting through evidence to discern the exact causes of the Asiana Airlines crash at SFO, medical teams at San Francisco General Hospital have been attending to the survivors and their families.
As the leading emergency and trauma center for the City of San Francisco and surrounding areas, SF General is prepared for just such a scenario. As of 11am Tuesday, July 9, SFGH has treated 62 patients from the Asiana Airlines accident. The largest number of patients treated by a hospital from this accident is
35 adults and 27 children The total in critical condition is five, including one child. Their injuries include spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, abdominal injuries, internal bleeding, road rash and fractures.
Officials noted to the press today via website and phone update hotline that one patient that was listed in critical condition has been upgraded to serious. This patient is a child. "Additionally, we have learned that another of the critical patients is also under 18, which is why the five remaining critical patients include one child," noted SFGH communications officer, Rachael Kagan. (Originally the count of six included two children.)
As of today, the total number of those discharged is 50. The 12 that remain, including the five critical have conditions that range from serious to fair to good The remaining 12 patients are three children and nine adults. No patients remain in the emergency department.
Speaking on behalf of the hospital, Kagan also noted to this reporter and others that "patients were asked if they would like to speak to the media, and all said no."
San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH) issued information to the press on July 7 about the Asiana Airline crash at SFO - San Francisco International Airport. Flight 214 from Korea was making its approach to land, when it crashed. As reported by tne New York Times and others, the Boeing 777 craft had 307 people on board including passengers and crew. Two died and 182 were injured. Over 50 of those injured were admitted to SF General Hospital. The latest update was released today at 11 AM.
Kagan wanted to provide the media a time-line. "As of 4pm Sunday, SFGH treated the following patients from the Asiana Airlines accident: a total of 53 patients," she said. "The largest number of patients treated by a hospital from this accident," she added.
Kagan also noted that initially, those receiving medical and emergency treatment were 27 adults and 26 children. "The adults range in age from 20 to 76 (of the 53 in total)."
Saturday's timeline: First wave, arrived approx 12:30pm: the adults ranged in age from 20 to 40s. Patients are mostly Korean speakers and the hospital was able to provide several Korean interpreters and bilingual staff on hand working with them and their families.
Second wave, arrived by 4pm with 17 patients. Their conditions ranged from critical to good. These patients were mostly English speakers. Third wave to arrive at SFGH was seven patients. And, a fourth wave of 18 patients, arrived between 5 and 7pm on Saturday. "These patients arrived in small groups of 3-5 in ambulances," said Kagan. "They were in the best shape of the patients seen. They all could walk and talk," she said. Kagan noted that of that group, several of them were discharged.
To free up beds for more possible patients from the airline accident, SFGH had 11 existing patients transferred to Laguna Honda, a local facility on the Western side of the City. "The patients who went to Laguna Honda were not crash victims," said Kagan.
Another update will follow tomorrow, Wednesday July 10 at 11am. To see latest info, check SF General emergency info web page.
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