Amidst a growing wave of terror sweeping Jerusalem and Israel, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, whose emergency teams are already operating at the highest levels of readiness, responded to two major attacks this morning, October 13.
On Malchei Yisrael Street in Geula, a terrorist drove a car into a bus stop, hitting three pedestrians and then left the vehicle to stab his victims. In the second incident, two terrorists boarded a bus in East Talpiot, also known as Armon HaNetziv, one armed with a gun and the other with a knife, and shot and stabbed passengers.
The Weinstock Family Department of Emergency Medicine on the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Floor – which is Jerusalem’s busiest ER – activated its “multi-casualty” response protocol with physicians, nurses and support teams converging on the Department and the Shock and Trauma Unit . Within minutes of the call, ambulances arrived and over the next hour eight patients were treated. Three were very seriously wounded; one could not be saved, the second is in surgery at the time of this writing and the third is being assessed. Two others were moderately injured and the remainder were lightly wounded and are being treated.
Dr. Ofer Merin, Deputy Director-General at Shaare Zedek and Director of Trauma Services, was responsible for managing the trauma response as has been his responsibility in multiple incidents in recent weeks. The Hospital is working closely with all relevant rescue and government agencies to be prepared for all possible events or escalations in the security situation.
Israel’s Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman was on the scene at Shaare Zedek in the wake of today’s attacks and was briefed by Director-General Jonathan Halevy, third from left, and Chief of Surgery Professor Petachia Reissmann.
Several seriously injured patients from previous incidents are still being cared for in the Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and in the Internal Medicine Departments.