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Medical News and Perspectives
April 5, 2006

Mobile Hospital Raises Questions About Hospital Surge Capacity

JAMA. 2006;295(13):1499-1503. doi:10.1001/jama.295.13.1499

Five months after he helped guide a novel mobile medical hospital to aid Gulf Coast survivors of Hurricane Katrina, Tom Blackwell, MD, says the rig had just one shortcoming. “Our patient records system was paper when we were down there,” he says. “But now it's all electronic.”

Paper records were a minor issue considering the scope of the mission that Blackwell and some 100 other health professionals from North Carolina took on in the immediate aftermath of the most damaging natural disaster in US history.

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