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Avoiding the tragedy of another balcony collapse

Shinichiro Sakata, Craig A McBride, James W Nixon and Roy M Kimble
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (11): 651-652.
Published online: 1 June 2009

To the Editor: In November 2008, a residential balcony collapse in Brisbane, Queensland, resulted in one person killed and 25 injured.1 Moments after the accident, tertiary hospitals across the city were placed on alert. Valuable hospital resources, including intensive care beds and staff, were allocated to the care of potential casualties; surgical theatres were kept on standby; and elective operating lists were cancelled.

  • Shinichiro Sakata1
  • Craig A McBride1
  • James W Nixon2
  • Roy M Kimble1

  • 1 Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Kidsafe Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.

Correspondence: shin.sakata@gmail.com

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