Health authorities on alert after extensive flooding in Europe

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 24 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:405
  1. Annette Tuffs,
  2. Xavier Bosch
  1. Heidelberg
  2. Barcelona

    Hundreds of severely ill patients, including 80 patients who were in intensive care, were successfully evacuated from Dresden's University Hospital last week when the river Elbe exceeded the previous flood record of more than 9 m and no end of the flooding was in sight.

    The hospital, only 500m from the river, normally treats 1200 patients. The main logistical problem in the crisis was to transfer the 80 intensive care patients. When suitable beds were found elsewhere the patients were taken to Dresden airport. …

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