Overcoming Major Medical Challenges at Stadium Shelter for 2007 San Diego Fire Siege

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Jim Dunford

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More than 350,000 households were evacuated at the height of the siege, meaning the evacuation could have included more than 900,000 people. Qualcomm Stadium, home of the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, became the evacuation center and shelter for thousands of evacuees. It was a brilliant move but not without its many challenges, including how to treat the many who suffered from health and medical problems.

Dr. James Dunford was the chief medical doctor there, the medical incident commander if you will, and his job was to manage both patients and staff and the makeshift hospital established inside Qualcomm Stadium. In this podcast, he talks about how the tremendous community response aided in the overall success of patient treatment, including pharmacy cooperation, voluntary medical staff, and the success of ICS/HICS.

Watch the Interview Here:

https://youtu.be/RnAFqvO8UGk
Links/Resources

https://healthsciences.ucsd.edu/som/emergency-med/faculty/Pages/jamesdunford.aspx
https://www.sandiego.gov/sdprojectheartbeat/about/team/drdunford
https://www.sandiego.gov/fire/services/ems/rap
http://www.nhpf.org/speakerbio_jamesdunford

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