Sep 17, 2008

Voices of Ike - Hospitals filling up quickly

1:36 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 Houston cardiologist A. Tomas Garcia

Here is a picture taken during Ike with Carlos, graduate of the Royal College of Art/London, my youngest son who volunteered throughout Ike; Guillermo just arrived minutes from the airport from Afghanistan and helped out; Todd Great, ceo and leader of our hospital; me, and Dr. Carl Vartian physician liasion for the hospital.

All our suburban hospitals are filling up rather quickly. The medical center is having problems with power, water and/or telephone systems; so all the patients appear to be coming to local hospitals. As they fill, FEMA with their ambulances are taking the sick to San Antonio. It appears that there is a paradigm change, where in the past, patients would automatically go to the TMC; now it appears they are going to the local hospitals which really makes sense. For example, I have a patient just involved in a MVA and has a pulmonary contusion. She's quickly admitted and under my care with a pulmonary specialist to help out. all done in less than an hour. This can only help our patients.

Tom

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