HoustonChronicle.com - Astrodome medical volunteers overwhelmed

The intensifying medical needs of storm evacuees are perilously close to overwhelming the system set up to serve them.

Doctors treating storm refugees in a make-shift clinic at the Astrodome are seeing 100 patients an hour, sometimes boarding arriving buses to save time and pulling off the sickest individuals for immediate medical attention.

At noon today, Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Kenneth Mattox said physicians had seen 3,000 patients since the clinic opened Thursday morning, and had sent at least 75 people to the hospital. Fifty medical personnel, including 20 doctors, are working each 12-hour shift.

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