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UW Hospital uses multi-victim trauma response after massive car crash

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It was the crash that left one person dead and six people injured. A 29-car pileup along Highway 151 in Verona on Monday morning left a chaotic scene out on the street as doctors inside UW Hospital's emergency department quickly worked as they expected dozens of victims. 

It was a usual Monday morning at UW Hospital in Madison when doctors got a call saying dozens of potentially critically hurt patients were about to be show up and need help all at once. 

"The first thing is oh boy, there's a little bit of shock," said Dr. Joshua Ross. He's the Clinical Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine at UW Hospital. 

"originally got the call that we were going to get somewhere between 25 and 30 injured patient," said ross. 

The level one trauma center went into overdrive, a multi victim trauma response. Roughly 40 doctors, surgeons and nurses were called in from other sections of the hospital to help those who were already working in the ER. 

"We basically put our operating rooms on hold," said Ross. 

Patients who were already in the ER were moved to other areas of the hospital. Beds were then prepped and victims from the pileup then started to arrive. 

"This is what we do, this is what we practice, this is what we're here for," he added. 

That practice comes in the form of real-life training a few times a month. 

"Sometimes we actually moulage real patients into the emergency department and bring them through our system and even through the entire hospital. so it varies, but practicing -- you don't get good at anything unless you practice," said Ross. 

The ER saw six patients in total, one was even brought in by Medflight. Still, it was an influx they were prepared for. 

"It proves that we're ready. You know, there's still always work to be done, you know there's always opportunity for improvement but this type of robust response showed me that we were here to take care of critically ill patients in Madison," said Ross. 

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