Worst Mass Shooting in History: Lives Saved by Trauma Care Workers
Unfortunately, our world today is full of traumatic events. If you have been watching the news, you already know that the largest mass shooting in American history occurred in Orlando, Florida in mid June. A male shooter attacked a nightclub, killing 50 and wounding more. Events like this are heartbreaking and without the help of trauma care doctors, the death toll would be even higher.
Though 9 people died upon arrival after the shooting, the Orlando Regional Hospital was able to save the lives of the 35 others who were wounded. The terrible scene there was described to look like a “battlefield.” And actually, that is the perfect description because now with these horrible occurrences, doctors are being taught the same techniques as the doctors in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Battlefield Techniques Used by Trauma Care Doctors
Now, trauma care doctors are following a list of steps. First, it is important to stop the bleeding immediately. Doctors even advise that bystanders should use articles of clothing to act as tourniquets before emergency care arrives. Second, doctors are now doing small surgeries on minor injuries briefly, so that they can get to the more serious surgeries before going back to the smaller injury. This is extremely beneficial to saving the lives of their patients because the life-threatening injuries remain the focus. Lastly, doctors have now learned that when a lot of blood is lost, the trauma victim should receive new blood in the form of platelets and plasma immediately, instead of offering saline solutions first.
Not only did doctors use these new techniques, they also acted fast to save as many lives as they could. On the day of the shooting, doctor’s performed 28 surgeries and 16 more in the two days following.
Dallas Police Shooting
Sadly, another shooting occurred last week in Dallas, Texas, when a gunman opened fire on a group of police officers. Five were killed and seven other officers were injured as well as two civilians. With such horrific events going on in our country, we are immensely thankful to the police officers who risk their lives every day to protect us.
When these terrible mass shootings happen, doctors need to be able to think fast and move quickly and efficiently, which I think we can agree requires a large amount of bravery. Thank you to the trauma care workers in the Orlando and Dallas shootings and the many other strong men and women who save the lives of Americans daily, you are appreciated and admired.