Preparation

The biggest part of being prepared is planning to get resources as quickly as possible. The ED and the ORs were overwhelmed with victims and needed more staff to support the steady influx. We also realized quickly that due to the nature of the injuries there were supplies — such as chest tube trays — that we quickly would run out of. Calling a corporate incident command allowed us to be in touch with all of our sites for assistance both with staffing and supplies. As a Level One Trauma Center, we had a surgery team in house that was immediately available and 2 other teams on call within 30 minutes. This is not usually the case for a non-trauma community hospital.