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OU Medical Center staff describes tornado victims' injuries

OU Medical Center treated 94 patients with injuries caused by Monday's deadly tornado.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Modified: May 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm •  Published: May 21, 2013

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.

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