Hospitals enact emergency plans to deal with disaster

Minutes after an explosion rocked a southside neighborhood, area hospitals started mobilizing for the worst.

Hospital crews started preparing beds, supplies and blood in case ambulances started flooding the emergency room with wounded patients. Officials contacted emergency workers to get constant updates on the extent of the damage. Extra doctors and nurses were paged and put on call in case of a massive influx of people.

In the end, the extra work wasn’t needed.

The explosion killed two people and left seven others with minor injuries.

After the explosion, four people were taken to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis with non-life threatening injuries, spokeswoman Allison Hoyt said.

Cuts were the most common injury treated. Those four patients were released this morning, Hoyt said.

Franciscan St. Francis Health briefly admitted one person for minor cuts and abrasions, and that person drove to the emergency room himself, hospital spokesman Joe Stuteville said.

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