ASPR Tracie: newsletter The Exchange Volume 1 Issue 3
On June 12, 2016, a gunman opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people and wounding at least 66. Dr. John Hick (ASPR TRACIE’s Senior Editor) interviewed the responding trauma surgeons, emergency physicians, and the director of emergency preparedness in charge of Orlando Regional Medical Center’s response to this horrific incident to learn more about their experiences and lessons learned. The staff noted several challenges, including issues related to the infrequent use of the mass casualty notification system by emergency medical services (EMS) agencies, staff silencing their cell phones while off-duty, staff experiencing difficulties with getting to work (due to closed roads), the confusion associated with the rumor of an active shooter at the hospital, and the family reunification process. Despite these challenges, the staff felt that the response worked well overall— due, in part, to conducting exercises and planning ahead, they never ran out of supplies and were able to identify all patients within 24 hours.
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