Minneapolis bridges falling down: Emergency transfusion preparedness

Jed B. Gorlin, John L. Hick

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The 7/1/2007 bridge collapse into the Missisippi River was instructional from both a disaster response and a mass casualty transfusion response perspective. It is a well cited example of how community disaster response coordination can work well, especially following systematic preparation of an integrated response network. The blood center is and should be an integral part of this diaster response and should be included in drills where appropriate. We give personal perspectives on both the hospital and transfusion service response to this particularly dramatic event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-407
Number of pages5
JournalTransfusion and Apheresis Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013


  • Disaster response
  • Integrated networks
  • Transfusion preparedness


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