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Training to work, derailment detours YNHH surgical resident

On Friday, May 17, YNHH surgical resident Daniel Solomon of Westport commuted to his evening shift on the trauma service at Yale-New Haven Hospital aboard a MetroNorth train.

As it approached the Bridgeport station, Dr. Solomon recalls, "Our car jerked suddenly and felt like it was switching tracks. When we came to a sudden stop and smoke began billowing from the head cars, it was obvious something was very wrong. I quickly found out how wrong."

Years of training and experience on the trauma service kicked in immediately and Dr. Solomon began to assess and triage those hurt in the derailment even before EMTs and paramedics arrived on site.

Some passengers were severely injured and bleeding, others had compound fractures and were in shock, many were cut and bruised. Dr. Solomon quickly enlisted the help of fellow passengers — most of whom had no medical background — to assist.

"We were able to stabilize and maintain the injured until help arrived," recalls Dr. Solomon. "I just moved from person to person and assessed and treated them. I was able to reassure those in pain that they would be OK. I did what any other person with my training would have done in the same situation."

Yale-New Haven Hospital news release

Yale-New Haven Hospital is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine. Yale-New Haven was founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826. Today, the hospital's two New Haven-based inpatient campuses include Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties. YNHH's York Street campus and associated ambulatory sites are Magnet-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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