By Terry Stanton
When a gunman perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas rained gunfire on the crowd attending a Sunday night country music concert, the scores of wounded began flooding the city’s emergency departments. Orthopaedic surgeons stepped up to provide care for the injured.
Amid the chaos and the carnage, the patients arrived at area hospital, sometimes five to a vehicle, in ambulances, limousines, and pickup trucks pressed into service, many driven by valiant civilians.
Medical professionals recounting the horrific episode—which would take 59 lives and injure some 500—said the overall impressive and effective response in the rescue and care of patients began with the responders on the scene. The field triage routed the most severely injured—especially those with head, chest, or abdominal wounds—to University Medical Center (UMC) and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. Sunrise, a Level 2 trauma facility, was the closest hospital and took in 199 patients (16 of whom later died). The Level 1 trauma designated UMC accepted approximately 100 patients. [Read More]