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Table 4 Effect of 550 Kt detonation on health care in four cities*

From: Vulnerability of populations and the urban health care systems to nuclear weapon attack – examples from four American cities

Affects of 550 Kt Detonation within 0.1% mortality contour and 1psi Washington New York Chicago Atlanta
Hospital Beds in Affected Area (in thousands) 9.9 24.5 12.1 4.5
Total Beds within 20/40 miles of incident edge (in thousands) 7.3/13.1 24.0/33.6 9.8/17.3 4.4/10.3
%Beds lost within 20/40 miles of incident edge 57/43 51/42 55/41 50/43
Number of Hospitals in Affected Areas 30 54 42 14
Additional Hospitals within 20/40 miles outside affected area 33/61 77/107 45/72 23/40
% Hospitals lost to incident 48/33 41/34 48/37 38/26
Number of Health Staff Affected by incident (in thousands) 67.1 145.3 75.1 28.8
Additional Health Staff within 20/40 miles (in thousands) 41.7/81.0 127.4/178.2 58.0/99. 8 25.8/35.2
% Health Staff Lost 62/45 53/45 56/43 53/45
  1. • Effect contour was considered to be 0.1% mortality for radiation or 1 pound per square inch for blast, which would break windows and also subject staff to some burn effects when exposed to thermal radiation.