AUSTIN - Officials at Dell Seton Medical Center said they are prepared to handle a mass casualty event like the one in Las Vegas, where nearly 60 people were killed, and 527 were wounded.
The hospital has 54 beds for emergencies on any given day, but in the case of a mass casualty event, all of the hospital's beds can be transformed to treat trauma patients.
That is more than 200 beds.
It can also take care of patients in its wide hallways if needed.
Seton said its new hospital was designed to be able to handle an incident – comparable to the massacre in Las Vegas.
"The hospital would quickly be able to absorb multiple-injured patients,” said Dr. Carlos Brown, chief trauma officer at Dell Seton Medical Center. “By using double patients in a room or using hallways to house those patients. You want to be able to expand quickly. And that's why you drill as a hospital and you drill as a region, so you can take care of those patients at a moment’s notice.”
Dell Seton said it has a drill as a hospital twice a year and once with the whole city.
And it may staff more medical personnel for larger events.
Dell Seton also said it likely would coordinate with other area hospitals to take in patients in the case of a mass casualty.
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