Shands 'ready' to receive people injured in Haiti quake

Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:06 p.m.

The Florida Hospital Association held a conference call Thursday to coordinate some 200 hospitals for a possible response to the Haitian disaster.

Kim Rose, speaking on behalf of Shands at the University of Florida, said that as a designated "first receiver," Shands is on standby to help with relief efforts. At this point, the hospital system has not received any patients injured in the earthquake.

"We are ready to respond if called," she said.

Rose said that in another scenario, patients at South Florida hospitals might be moved further north to open up beds for the earthquake victims. Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami has already treated eleven cases flown in from Haiti, hospital personnel there reported Thursday.

Hospitals will provide the state with updates on bed availability.

The FHA emphasized that hospitals should not plan to send personnel to Haiti immediately, because of the lack of facilities to provide for them.

"We are asking any health care provider who is interested to register individually on the state Web site for emergency responders,," Rose said.

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