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doctors were accustomed to performing surgical procedures in the home if it
appeared that transportation over long
distances could not be tolerated by the patient. In that day, emergency amputations
were performed for contaminated compound fractures because of the prevalence
of gas gangrene and tetanus infection.
Such were the circumstances that existed
on the day of the disaster, and from newspaper accounts, it appears that the injured
were well served by the doctors, druggists,
and volunteers of the community. It was,
however, clearly apparent that hospital care
would have been superior to that rendered
in drug stores and improvised operating
rooms. The need for a hospital was recognized, and some time after the explosion, a
committee chaired by the mayor's wife met
to form plans which eventually led to the
construction of the Chester Hospital.

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Germany, and while workers were engaged
and overall care for the patients we serve.
in loading shells unexplained detonation
of gunpowder caused the explosion of
stock-piled shells loaded with shrapnel
pellets. A raging fire ensued which swept
through the buildings with consuming fury
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and a veritable hailstorm effect was created
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as shrapnel flew in all directions. A series
of blasts shook the earth, throwing the
mangled, burning bodies of workers into
the air. Death, destruction, and horror prevailed.
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Although no formal disaster plan existed, the community
responded to the emergency with prompt efficiency. When
E.C. Bullock, M.D., who was on duty at the Chester Hospital,
learned of the disaster, he immediately notified hospitals in
Ridley Park, Wilmington, and Philadelphia. He requested that
doctors, nurses, and ambulances be dispatched to the scene.

front seat, was the first to arrive at the plant and was nearly
destroyed by a near-miss from an exploding shell. All types of
available vehicles were mobilized to evacuate the injured, most
of who were taken to Chester Hospital where the beds were
soon filled. Taylor Hospital received eighteen victims, five
of whom died shortly after admission. Crozer Homeopathic Hospital made its beds available, and Dr. Charles Schoff
offered to admit ten or fifteen patients to his private hospital
in Media. The majority of the victims were young women
and girls with blast injuries, penetrating shrapnel wounds, and
severe burns.
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