The 808-bed Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., treated the bulk of the survivors of a plane crash near Charlotte on July 2. Eight of the 12 survivors taken to Carolinas were still hospitalized late last week, with one in critical condition, said Scott White, the hospital's assistant director of media relations. One victim was treated at 633-bed University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill for severe burns. The other victims were treated at 590-bed Presbyterian Hospital and 276-bed Mercy Hospital, both in Charlotte. The injuries included fractures and internal complications as well as severe burns and smoke inhalation. "The crash occurred at shift time, so we had 50 physicians on hand, not including residents, and seven trauma teams," Mr. White said. Thirty-seven of the 57 passengers were killed in the crash of USAir Flight 1016, which was en route to Charlotte from Columbia, S.C.
PLANE CRASH SENDS HOSPITALS INTO ACTION
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