With the recent horrific tragedy in Las Vegas, doctors, nurses, and the whole of the hospital staff in the local hospitals were faced with healthcare circumstances beyond anything they’d ever seen before.
Before many of the caregivers could even report to the hospital (as the whole staff was called in to respond to the intense need), patients were arriving in overwhelming numbers.
Patients presented with a wide range of injuries from less severely injured (i.e., bullet graze wounds) to full-on critically/imminent-life-threateningly injured (i.e., gunshots to their organs). Many innocent people were in danger of dying.
Blood was everywhere. It flowed from patients onto their gurneys and onto the floor. The smell of iron tainted the air. Caregivers were slipping in the life flow even as it seeped from the heavily wounded people they were working on so urgently to save.
Trauma triage had to be established and implemented.
Patients were color-coded for priority.
With no time to collect personal information, names were assigned to patients.
There weren’t enough beds.
There weren’t enough supplies. Nearby hospitals brought in the needed emergency supply of chest tubes. …
If you missed this article and you are thinking of becoming a doctor, nurse, or other hospital healthcare provider, take a moment to read it now. You will get a rare insight into what these care providers experienced as they did their best to save as many as they could. You will hear medically relevant insight as well as how these healthcare providers were personally affected. It’s important.
Here’s just one quote from the article on just one of the talking points:
The velocity of a bullet fired from a typical 9mm handgun is 1,200 feet per second. From an AR-15 semiautomatic, the bullet travels roughly three times faster, and the body must absorb all of that energy.
If a 9mm bullet strikes someone in the liver, for example, that person might suffer a wound perhaps an inch wide, said Ernest E. Moore, a longtime trauma surgeon at Denver Health and editor of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. “But if you’re struck in the liver with an AR-15, it would be like dropping a watermelon onto the cement. It just is disintegrated.”
The article goes on to talk about the factors that affect survivability in these circumstances, and then continues on with additional relevant talking points, to include the recounting of a nurse’s personal and humane response to a terrified looking patient in critical need of immediate care.
Take a moment and read this article. You’ll see why I’m making sure you don’t miss it.
My best wishes for your success always!
Mary Kate :0)