Eleven people injured in the Granbury tornado on Wednesday night were transported to JPS Health Network in the first AMBUS in the Metroplex. It was the mobile medical unit’s first mass-casualty mission.
By Thursday morning, six patients had been released. Of the five that remained at JPS, three were in serious condition, two were in good condition.
The AMBUS, a combination bus/ambulance, was dispatched after a call for mutual aid from Lake Granbury Medical Center, said Matt Zavadsky of MedStar. Several critically wounded patients were taken to Fort Worth hospitals in separate ambulances. The remainder were loaded into the AMBUS, which is lined with individual compartments for patients on stretchers. “It’s an impressive vehicle,” Zavadsky said. And on its first mission, “It did phenomenally well.”
The AMBUS was acquired as a regional mobile medical resource with just such disasters in mind. MedStar purchased it with a grant from the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council. The Fort Worth Fire Department houses it, near JPS at Fire Station No. 5, and provides AMBUS’s drivers. Both the state and federal governments could call it into service, if needed in an event such as an Oklahoma City bombing.
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