After the quake, Nepal's hospitals are overwhelmed with the wounded

Thousands of people wounded after a massive earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday have flooded into hospitals in the nation's capital, CNN reports.

The magnitude-7.8 earthquake—the strongest to hit the region in more than 80 years—affected a vast portion of central Nepal on Saturday. More than 3,800 have been reported dead, and more than 7,100 more were injured.

Although rescue teams from across the globe have arrived to offer aid, many of the areas affected by the earthquake are inaccessible, according to New York Times. Many of those seeking care have traveled to hospitals in Kathmandu, the nation's capital.

Bir Hospital—one of the busiest hospitals in Kathmandu—had to abandon its inpatient wing have walls cracked during aftershocks form the earthquake. It is providing care to patients in another structure, where surgeries are moving forward in rooms not normally used as ORs.

"I've seen a lot of situations around the world, and this is as bad as I've ever seen it," says CNN's Sanjay Gupta, who has helped provide surgical care to survivors.

Neurosurgeon Paresh Mani Shrestha says some of the most common injuries are head injuries and fractures to pelvic and upper and lower limbs.

According to CNN, hospitals are running low on supplies, even as international groups rush to provide aid (Hume, CNN, 4/27; Udas et al., CNN, 4/27; Fuller, New York Times, 4/27).


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