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How hospital responded to Orlando shooting

Hospital Safety Insider, June 16, 2016

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Orlando (Florida) Regional Medical Center (ORMC) received 44 patients from the Orlando nightclub shooting June 12. It's a Level 1 Trauma Center, and medical staff there were pushed to the limit as they dealt with the onslaught of patients coming from the shooting at the Pulse club that happened just three blocks away, according to a report from National Public Radio (NPR).

According to the NPR report, medical staff at ORMC had no warning for what was coming. But they got existing patients out of the trauma ICU into other areas of the hospital, discharged as many patients as they could. And they diverted other emergency patients to other hospitals.

The hospital opened six operating rooms (OR), with multiple surgeons working on one patient at a time. Doctors described walking out of one OR and into another to keep operating. In total, 28 surgeries the first night-and 16 since, the report added.

The hospital brought in grief counselors for the staff, the report said. Doctors credited the proximity of the hospital to the club for the vast majority of surviving victims, adding that if the club hadn't been three blocks away, many patients would not have made it to the hospital alive.

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