Release Date: June 20, 2001
Release Number: 1379-20
Houston, TX -- On June 14, the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) sent a 25-bed MASH-like mobile medical support hospital and 88 health care professionals from Lackland Air Force Base to provide emergency health care for Houston. The temporary emergency unit was fully operational within 24 hours and more than 481 patients have been treated for conditions ranging from dog bites to emergency surgery.
This is the first-time an Expeditionary Medical Support (EMEDS) Squadron has been deployed to provide care for a civilian population.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP), leads the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). They are in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, Veteran's Affairs and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"We are the medical '911'for all national catastrophic disasters," said Lt. Cmdr. Mick Cote of OEP. "We responded to Texas' request for assistance with the Houston flood by bringing in almost 350 health professionals from throughout the nation to provide all levels of health care services for the people of Houston."
The mobile hospital provides surgery, critical care, pediatric services, OB/GYN, pharmacy, radiology, laboratory, dental and mental health care. In addition to bringing tents that can be used as a temporary mobile hospital, the EMEDS provides digital X-rays, portable sonograms, portable ventilators, anesthesia, pharmacy, dental equipment and supplies.
Last Modified: Tuesday, 16-May-2006 08:41:23