SAHZU Rescuing Wenling Fuel Truck Blast Victims



June 13, a fuel tanker truck blasted on the highway in the Zhejiang’s southeastern city of Wenling, killing 20 people. 22 victims with severe burns and complex multiple traumas were transferred to SAHZU on June 14 and 15 for advanced treatment and care immediately after the deadly accident.

Out of the first group of 13 patients sent to SAHZU, 11 are severely burned, 8 above age 60 with age 94 as the oldest, 7 having 90% burn area with 98% as the largest, most with II-III burn degrees. Patients’ age and changing condition due to massive burns and multiple traumas are challenging SAHZU healthcare professionals in every minute.

Chair of Burns Prof. HAN Chunmao expressed his firm attitude that SAHZU will spend all possible efforts to save these patients and help them through this painful accident. SAHZU President Prof. WANG Jian’an added: “We will work to our 100% as long as there is 1% hope. Individualized treatment plans will be assembled based on the characteristics of each patient’s injury. Precise treatment, professional care and lean management are SAHZU’s powerful tools to save lives.”

SAHZU now has set up one-on-one care teams for every patient, which each comprises one ICU doctor, one burn doctor and one trauma doctor. Multidisciplinary meetings are held twice a day at 7 am and 5 pm to adjust the therapy plans to the patients’ condition. June 15 at 7am, senior experts from Burns, ICU, Emergency, Nursing, Infection Control, Respiratory Medicine, Neurosurgery, Thoracic Surgery, Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Vascular Medicine, Ultrasound Medicine, Ophthalmology, ENT, Laboratory Medicine all attended the routine meeting.

It is widely recognized that the survival rate of patients with 60% burn area is 50%, 90% burns only 5%. It is a grim task to save all patients. But with previous experience of saving all 19 severely burned patients in a bus arson in 2014, SAHZU is willing to and will do its utmost to fight for lives again.

SAHZU is the National Center of Excellence of Trauma Medicine recognized by the National Health Commission. Emergency Medicine and Burns of SAHZU sit in the 4th and 10th position in the 2018 and 2017 Best Chinese Hospital Ranking.