Archives for March 14, 2004

Spain Reads Blogs

Within about 3 hours of my linking to the below BBC article, I got two comments, both from Spanish bloggers, one of whom is a Physician, both proud of the Spanish EMS system. These are my first (known) truly international comments! (if Americans in Kuwait are placed in a different category).

I have replied to the one who left an email, and have run both linked websites through AltaVista’s Babelfish service (thanks, AltaVista), and they are, of course, very interested in the identity of the attackers, be they ETA or Islamofascists.

Wow. Small world. (And I’m suitably embarrased that the Spanish bloggers can read my US blog, and I have to get a rough translation to read theirs).

Madrid ER during crisis

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Eyewitness: ‘Hospitals struggle to cope’
I have been wondering when these stories would come out: how a metropolitan city of about 2 million took on 1,200+ casualties from multiple bomb sites. Looks like they did well, and that their disaster plans worked. I really look forward to many more reports of the “this worked and this we could do better” variety.

What most folks don’t realize is that the every day emergencies keep occuring, and those neary completely saturate every ED I’ve ever been in. Staffing for everything, bed availability, etc., is all predicated on the number of ‘routine’ emergencies; the surge capacity isn’t all that big.

Kudos to the Spanish ED’s and their staffs. I hope they recover quickly.

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