Area hospitals have disaster plans in place for mass-casualty attacks

Mother texts with daughter during OSU lockdown (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Hospitals in Columbus had to be ready at a moment’s notice Monday for potential victims of the OSU attack.

It’s an “all-hands-on-deck approach” when there’s potential for mass casualties. At Kettering Health Network’s area hospitals, minutes after the first 911 call comes in, plans are put into action.

Kettering’s network of hospitals each have a mass disaster plan they train for on a regular basis. Just as doctors in Columbus told us about Friday. Part of that plan means calling in every surgeon available and preparing multiple beds in the E.R. Any planned surgeries are rescheduled, leaving operating rooms open for anything urgent.

At any given time, hospitals are able to treat between 2 and 4 trauma patients. That’s why many times when there’s potential for mass casualties hospitals will work together to evenly place patients.

In Friday’s attack, 3 Columbus-area hospitals treated all 11 people–one of whom was critically injured. Kettering’s Trauma Services Director Douglas Paul says preparation is key.

“We are prepared for somebody who is critically injured whether it’s a car accident, stabbing or shooting whatever it may be to respond within minutes and actually be ready for the patient,” Paul said. “When they get there. It’s not so much that we’re preparing for something that’s different it’s the scale.”

Paul says he’s had contact with some hospitals who are treating patients involved in the attack, but at this time none are asking for assistance. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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