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Feb 4, 2016

K.H.M.H. Explains Mass Casualty Experience for Accidents

Hattieville resident Egbert Ferguson lost his life while undergoing surgery on Tuesday morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The forty-seven year old had been transported to the hospital following an accident between miles seventeen and eighteen on the George Price Highway on Monday afternoon. Ferguson’s vehicle collided head on with a van loaded with French visitors.  As many as eleven persons were injured, but Ferguson was the only one to perish.  His death was a shock to the family who had not been advised of the severity of the injuries; he died from hypoglycemic shock, a ruptured liver and internal bleeding. The K.H.M.H. says it recognizes that there was a lack of communication with the Ferguson family, but says the mass casual experience went without a hitch. C.E.O. Doctor Adrian Coye explains.

 

Adrian Coye

Dr. Adrian Coye, C.E.O., K.H.M.H.

“Also I would like to express my condolences to the Ferguson family because even as we did everything possible for Mister Ferguson, he did not make it and that is a testimony to the severity of his injuries. Of course in all of this then, we had a debriefing and we recognize where we would have some failings and communication is one of them, putting the family way out of the thing and I had to apologize to one of the family members of Ferguson yesterday because we recognize that that created so much of an anxiety. I’ve seen maybe four or five and I’ve been in almost all of those prior mass casualty experiences; each time we got better. But I would say on Monday it was heroic and flawless. Flawless in the sense that BERT was able to bring to us patients that were resuscitated in various stages; in a timely manner even though they had their own challenges and they should be recognized for offering that kind of service. And I know that they have their own challenges, but publicly I will say again that they have helped to save the lives of these patients. Eleven patients with major injuries; major injuries, even four of them did not require any major procedures, but there were five major operations done for these patients. And so when we received them, it was again a flawless experience in the sense that we had our mass casualty plan activated. We had everyone who should be there—four surgeons, two orthopedic surgeons, medical officers, the right amount of nurses. We were running three operating rooms at once and we really shun on that day and I want to congratulate everyone at Karl Heusner who contributed to the successes that we saw.”

 

The hospital is bolstering the competencies of the ER unit through collaboration with the medical College of Wisconsin and other local and international partners.

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