A team of doctors gathered for a news conference at OU Medical Center on Tuesday said 94 patients injured in Monday's tornado in Moore have been treated there.
Fifty-one children and 43 adults were taken to OU, said Robert Letton, trauma director for The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. All the patients taken to the hospital survived, but two of the adults and two children are in critical condition.
The adults were treated at OU Medical Center's main hospital while the children were taken to OU Medical Center's Children's Hospital.
Trauma service director for OU Medical Center, Roxie Albrecht, said injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to open wounds and lacerations.
“We've seen minor cuts and bruises to people coming in with hypothermia, open wounds and degloving,” Albrecht said, referring to a type of injury that occurs when skin is torn off and separated from tissue, severing its blood supply.
“People have come here with pieces of wood in them,” she said.
Albrecht said hospital staff knew there was a serious problem when a code black was issued at the hospital on Monday. The code lets staff know that severe weather has hit the surrounding area.
A code yellow followed, alerting staff to expect high patient volume.
“Every physician in the hospital was down there,” Letton said.
He said nurses who were not scheduled to work came into the hospital to help, and others stayed after their shifts were scheduled to end.
An outpouring of support came through from medical facilities across the nation, Letton said. Hospitals from Texas to California and Virginia called OU Medical Center to ask if they needed extra equipment or personnel.
North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Mass., called to ask if they could order pizza for staff members who were working into the late night hours.
Letton said the trauma care system has improved in Oklahoma since the 1999 tornado, and patients were seen more quickly.
For families still trying to locate loved ones, Letton said, the Vose Auditorium at OU Medical Center between NE 13th Street and Lincoln is serving as a search base. Family and friends can also use the Red Cross' website www.safeandwell.org to locate missing loved ones.