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Howard University Hospital Responds to DC Metro Emergency

Howard University Hospital has discharged 20 patients and admitted one for observation (as of Jan. 13) following a mass transit emergency in the District of Columbia.

Hundreds of people had to evacuate from the busy L’Enfant Plaza Metro station and a disabled train in the tunnel nearby after smoke from a still undetermined source covered the area. According to local news, one woman died, two passengers were in critical condition, a firefighter was seriously hurt, and dozens more suffered lesser injuries.

Emergency medical workers sent 21 individuals to Howard for treatment via Metrobus transport, said a hospital spokesperson. Staff implemented their emergency protocol, which includes delivering an intercom announcement, setting up a command post, and ensuring sufficient staff. With an already full emergency department, staff set up additional stations to help move all patients through the system.

For more on essential hospitals’ emergency response nationwide, take a look at “When Disaster Strikes” in the latest from Walls Down.


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