Sumary of 20 Years Later, 9/11 Still Haunts New York Doctors Three emergency medicine doctors share their experiences and the lessons they learned in the twenty years after the 9/11 attacks.:
- He had gained vital disaster response experience when he worked in the ER during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the team had just completed a disaster drill a few months before.
- He estimates the ER treated about 400 patients in the 2 hours after the first plane hit, some of them severely burned as burning jet fuel plunged down elevator shafts into the tower’s lobby.
- Jones, MD, was just returning from his morning jog when he heard a cacophony of sirens.
- At the time, Jones was an emergency medical technician and a junior at Columbia University, considering a career in medicine.
- No one answered the phone, so he headed for the unit’s base of operations, where he ended up riding in the flatbed of a pickup truck carrying supplies to the World Trade Center site.
- Jones began helping assemble triage tents, until a firefighter directed him to a treatment and triage center being established at the ferry terminal.
- As they aided first responders injured in the rescue effort, Jones and the other emergency workers still didn’t know the broader story behind the disaster.
- “We were all just working in this abyss of not knowing what was happening,” says Jones, who is now vice chair for education and residency program director for the department of emergency medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Jacobi and Montefiore Medical Centers in the Bronx.