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On-call Surgeon at Las Vegas Hospital Describes 'Surreal' Aftermath of Shooting

On-call Surgeon at Las Vegas Hospital Describes 'Surreal' Aftermath of Shooting”

"We used the hallway space to see patients, so it's a lot fuller than it normally would be and it feels a lot more chaotic".

These changes stem from research showing that blood loss, while not the most common cause of death from trauma, is the most preventable, said Penn Medicine trauma surgeon Jeremy W. Cannon.

Following the shooting, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at least 58 people had died and 515 were injured after a gunman opened fire on thousands of people at a crowded outdoor concert.

The Level 2 trauma center constantly performed drills to make sure it was prepared for any mass casualty scenario like the one that happened in 2012. Four people died and 12 remained in critical condition Monday, Cohen says. Police officers are encouraged to "scoop and run", transporting trauma victims to the hospital in the back of their cruisers to minimize the loss of blood - a longtime practice in Philadelphia that is now catching on elsewhere.

Trauma centers, unlike a regular hospital, have resources to provide immediate, specialized care to patients suffering life-threatening injuries, said Dr. Nick Namias, chairman of the Florida Committee on Trauma.

If something similar were to happen in Tampa, Venezia said the valet parking garage beneath the hospital's emergency room would be transformed into a triage area to treat and sort patients.

Local people wishing to help joined long queues as they sought to offer blood for victims. "We've seen events that have brought us 30 patients at once". "Our trauma team and all supporting nursing units, critical-care areas and ancillary services are all at work this morning in the aftermath of this tragedy-and most stayed throughout the night-to help the victims and to assist their loved ones".

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg is a pediatric trauma center.

At University Medical Center, patients were being triaged in the ambulance bays, Cohen told CNN. "The ones that we lost, I think if they had been the only patients coming through the door that we would have been able to save them". But still, the scale of this incident may have been surprising.

Researchers now commonly study the outcomes of past mass shootings to determine which lives might have been spared with faster action, as uncontrolled bleeding can lead to death within five to 10 minutes, he said. "Surgeons don't work in a vacuum", Petinaux says.

To prepare for the influx of patients in a mass casualty situation, patients in the ER are often moved to other areas of the hospital to open beds up quickly.

Most major cities have such a plan, says Ian Weston, executive director of the American Trauma Society, which advocates for victims of trauma and the trauma care system.

In addition to running drills internally, Piazza says groups of hospitals in geographic areas now run drills to simulate mass casualties and how the region would handle it.

"Patients also suffer from the mental impact of this, and we have services available to them afterwards for grief counseling and other things like that, and PTSD, and we definitely have services and social services available for that", Fraser said.

As the victims were rushed to nearby hospitals, the medical facilities cooperated to get the most critically injured to surgery, Saquib said.



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