On 3 December, 1999, at 15.00 pm, hurricane Adam struck Esbjerg (Denmark). Wind velocity exceeded 33 m/s, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in Denmark during the last century. This article describes and analyses the orthopaedic impact of the hurricane on a local hospital in Esbjerg.
We examined retrospectively all the patients treated at the Emergency Department from 3 pm on 3 December and for the following 24 hours. For comparison, we used the records of all patients treated at the Emergency Department in the same time interval on the first three Fridays in December from 1994 to 1998.
No hurricane-associated deaths were recorded, but the number of patients treated on 3 December was significantly higher than that recorded in the period 1994-1998 (159 versus 74, p