In any major disaster important lessons are learned by a wide range of people. At the Bradford City Stadium Fire the
lessons learned by staff at the hospitals in Bradford and in the neighbouring regions were invaluable… hence the inclusion of this report in the British Medical Journal.
Here’s just one excerpt from this report, which I must warn you contains an image of a burned person’s hand.
“The injured began to arrive at the casualty department of Bradford Royal Infirmary before any word of the fire had reached the hospital, as police radio frequencies were jammed by the volume of information being relayed by the officers at the ground.
The duty senior house officer on call for plastic surgery was summoned by the casualty officer and a major accident emergency declared. By this time large numbers of hospital staff at all levels were making their way to the hospital as the fire was shown live on television.
In accordance with major accident routine non-urgent non-burns patients already in the casualty department were sent home and advised to see their own doctor or to return the next day; the number of beds available for admission of casualties (of which there were many as it was the weekend) was augmented by sending home as many patients as possible from two of the wards; and senior plastic surgery staff were contacted.”
To read the full British Medical Journal: Treatment of burns casualties after fire at Bradford City football ground, Treatment of burns casualties after fire at Bradford City football ground