On the 20th of January 2017, a car mounted the curb in the Melbourne CBD and was driven through the Bourke Street Mall, into crowds of pedestrians. Without knowing the full extent of the disaster, an emergency situation was called at the Royal Melbourne Hospital with the expectation that resources were about to be pushed to their limits. Professor George Braitberg shares how his hospital team managed to come together in the face of disaster by following their action plan and adapting in such a high-pressure situation.
George Braitberg is executive director of Strategy, Quality, and Improvement at Melbourne Health and professor of emergency medicine at the University of Melbourne. After completing his training in emergency medicine in Australia, Professor Braitberg undertook a fellowship in medical toxicology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix Arizona. He is also a fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and the American College of Medical Toxicology and a consultant toxicologist. Professor Braitberg holds a master of Bioethics, is a board member of Barwon Health and St Johns Ambulance Victoria, and is a medical advisor to Ambulance Victoria. He is currently completing a fellowship with the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators and a masters of health services management. His research interests include toxicology, pre-hospital care and health system redesign, and clinical governance.