Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Receives First Haitian Patients

 

 
 
 

| Thursday, January 21, 2010


NEW DELHI The U.S. military is sending additional ships to help with earthquake recovery in Haiti, including one that could remove debris blocking the main port.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signed orders sending a port-clearing ship with cranes to Port-au-Prince. It would remove debris that is preventing many larger ships from docking, holding up the delivery of vital food and other relief.

Gates, who's in India, says the ship could help get the port back in operation within a week or two.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon says the hospital ship USNS Comfort has received its first Haitian patients. A 6-year-old boy and 20-year-old man, both severely injured, were flown by Navy helicopter from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the hospital ship as it streamed toward Haiti.

The nearly 900-foot floating hospital is expected to arrive near Port-au-Prince today. The Comfort left Baltimore on Saturday, carrying about 550 medical staff and about 60 civilian mariners.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Leadership and Professionalism, Specialty Vehicles, Operations and Protcols, Natural Disasters

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Community Paramedicine Expanding in Maine

Eight departments receive a grant for use towards the new program.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

New Ambulance, Fire Engine Approved for Illinois Department

Officials approve new purchases for Bloomington.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Alabama Officials Worry over Ambulance Coverage

County officials work to find best solution.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Car Crashes into Texas Ambulance

Ambulance hit while responding to a call.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

California Beach Lightning Strike MCI

More than a dozen injured in Venice Beach lighting strike.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >