Two more patients from yesterday’s Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash have been discharged from San Francisco General Hospital today, bringing the number of people still hospitalized there down to 17, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
SF General accepted 53 patients after Flight 214 crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday around 11:30 a.m., including 27 adults and 26 children, hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said.
AS of 4 p.m. today, 17 remain hospitalized there, including five adults and one child in critical condition. Thirty-six patients have been discharged and none remain in the emergency department.
A chief surgeon at San Francisco General Hospital said today that the injuries suffered by passengers of downed Asiana Airlines Flight 214 ranged from minor cuts and bruises to major head trauma and paralysis.
The most serious injuries were severe head trauma, spinal fractures that included paralysis, and abdominal injuries that caused internal bleeding, chief of surgery Dr. Margaret Knudsen said this morning at a press conference.
“The most critical injuries are head trauma and internal bleeding,” she said.
Other injuries included broken bones and severe “road rash,” as if the patients had been “dragged,” Knudsen said.
She said that the majority of the patients who were able to speak to hospital staff were sitting in the rear of the airplane, which suffered significant damage to its tail.
“Everybody who has been able to give us information was sitting in the back of the plane,” Knudsen said.
The hospital employed four trauma teams and five surgery rooms to treat the influx of patients, some of whom had already been treated by emergency responders at the airport, Knudsen said.
“Whoever triaged these patients at the airport did a fabulous job,” she said.
SF General was one of nearly a dozen Bay Area hospitals to take patients from the crash.
Approximately 55 patients were taken to Stanford Hospital, where 11 were admitted.
As of this morning, two were reported to be in critical condition and nine others were in fair or good condition, spokesman James Larkin said.
Another seven patients were admitted to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and all were listed in good condition, he said.