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Joplin Hospital Treads On Through Destruction

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From CBS News:JOPLIN, Mo. - Even in the midst of miles of rubble, St. John Regional Medical Center stands out -- and not just because it's still standing. With virtually every window shattered, the top two floors taken out -- it looks like a bomb went off inside, reports CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers.St. John's ER nurse Angie Abner says it was horrifying when the twister hit.http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/23/eveningnews/main20065479.shtml

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tewdles has 31 years experience.

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The images from this area are heartbreaking...

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mama_d has 10 years experience and works as a tele/oncology.

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My heart goes out to everyone in Joplin. I cannot imagine what it must have been like. I like to think that if confronted with a similar situation, I'd be able to do what had to be done and have a breakdown later...which sounds like what the staff at St. John's did. Hats off to them.

I'm in St. Louis, and was working that night. We're only four miles from Lambert Airport, where the tornado took out a terminal last month, so we've all been a little more alert to the possibilities this year. I can only hope that if faced with the same, weLd all be able to respond as well.

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sunkissed75 works as a Full-time Mom and PSW (similar to a CNA).

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In our local paper it stated x-rays were found on a drive way 115km away.... even here in Ontario, this storm is all people are talking about. The staff at this hospital are heros!! They must have been so worried about their own families and homes and yet they stayed and took care of their patients.

This kind of destruction should only happen in a disaster movie, the fact that it's real is unbelievable! What a nightmare for all these people... I really can't imagine and when I do all I can think about is what would I do if I wasn't with my family? How do you find eachother when there is no way to communicate?

(I understand about having a 'place' to meet in the event of such an occurance, but it's one of those things that no matter how prepared you actually are sometimes it's not enough - there are so many 'what ifs' that can make a common meeting place hard to get to)

I wish this town well....

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punkydoodlesRN has 3 years experience and works as a L&D RN.

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The courage pouring from that area is amazing. I simply don't know that I could have survived that night and still gone on to function the next day - just shows you how incredible the human spirit is. My thoughts and prayers are with the people affected.

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cherryames1949 has 27 years experience and works as a home health.

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We can't begin to imagine what happened that night. It had to be chaos. Thank God for everyday heroes. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

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oramar works as a returned nurse.

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First I hear reports that people were sucked out of windows. Then I heard reports that patients and/or staff were killed. I am sure the two reports are connected. There was a photo of this twisted metal thing in front of the hospital. Someone said it was a helecopter. If they had not told me I would have never guessed. There was more bad weather in the area last night. Those poor people, what can you do but say a prayer and donate money.

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sunkissed75 works as a Full-time Mom and PSW (similar to a CNA).

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There was a story in the paper today that had my heart breaking...

a toddler named Skyular... they found his teddy bear and his wet clothes wrapped around a telephone pole... but no Skyular!! Oh my God.... It hurts to just write about it.

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BluegrassRN has 14 years experience and works as a medical floor RN.

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I How do you find eachother when there is no way to communicate?

(I understand about having a 'place' to meet in the event of such an occurance, but it's one of those things that no matter how prepared you actually are sometimes it's not enough - there are so many 'what ifs' that can make a common meeting place hard to get to)

I thought about this, too. All units in our hospital have an external meeting place in the event of sudden evacuation. Well, what if the stairwell to that meeting place is destroyed? Or the meeting place itself is destroyed/a pile of rubble/unsafe due to a gas leak?

What an utter disaster. However, I'm confident most hospitals/facilities would be able to handle something like this as best they could. I mean, think about it. We're trained to stay calm in emergency situations and handle a variety of crises. I'm sure that errors in judgement would be made, but I'm guessing that common sense would prevail and that all staff would be able to make the best of the situation. Not to diminish the heroics of the Joplin staff and those who went to volunteer in the immediate aftermath; I'm just saying that I think most nurses, docs and hospital staff would be able to pull it together and do their best amid the utter chaos, by virtue of our profession and training.

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DoGoodThenGo works as a Entrepreneur - Business Owner.

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There was a story in the paper today that had my heart breaking...

a toddler named Skyular... they found his teddy bear and his wet clothes wrapped around a telephone pole... but no Skyular!! Oh my God.... It hurts to just write about it.

*Update*

Local media are reporting the wee lad named Skyular has been found. His body is resting at local morgue and was identified by a family member who "knew him well", and the boy's father has released a statement. The child's mother remains in hospital but IIRC has been made aware of events.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/26/us-weather-tornadoes-death-idUSTRE74P5C820110526

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I'm a Missouri licensed pharmacist, and sent an e-mail to Freeman Hospital asking if they could use my services. I haven't heard from them, which I kind of understand. They're probably still totally overwhelmed, and St. John's pharmacists, who are now out of a job, could take over.

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