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Orlando shootings: rehearsals helped surgeons respond

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3366 (Published 15 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3366
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Surgeons at the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida have said that planning, practice, and staff dedication helped the trauma team cope with the scores of wounded people who flooded into the hospital’s emergency department after Sunday’s mass shooting at a nearby gay nightclub.

“This was the largest disaster we could have possibly imagined,” said a trauma surgeon, Michael Cheatham, at a press conference on Tuesday 14 June. “We went ahead and implemented the plan we had designed over the years and perfected through practice, and I think it worked.”

The surgeons said that they each treat over 1000 gunshot victims every year, one telling the …

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