U.S. Hospitals Can’t Handle Catastrophic Attacks or Disasters, Report Finds

In one of the more famous photos from the magnitude-6.9 1989 Loma Prieta temblor, a California Highway Patrol Officer surveys the damage after the top deck of the Bay Bridge fell onto the lower deck, smashing cars. Remarkably, only one driver died. GEORGE NIKITIN/1989 AP FILE PHOTO


Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found U.S hospitals would have great difficulty responding to catastrophic events. Over two years, researchers found that the United States is “fairly well prepared for relatively small-scale mass injury/illness events that happen more frequently, less well prepared for large scale and complex disasters, and poorly prepared for catastrophic health events.”


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