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Local hospitals train to work together in event of mass shooting

Local hospitals train to work together in event of mass shooting (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The hundreds injured in Las Vegas after a mass shooting were transported to multiple hospitals, a practice that necessitates established protocols to increase effectiveness and the number of lives saved.

It may be a sad truth that such incidents and their frequency are impacting the latest trends in hospital training.

Every provider that works in emergency services is now required to undergo active shooter training in their own health care setting and how to assist in mass casualty transport if an event, such as the one in Las Vegas, happens nearby.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare wants to share the latest on a community-wide program that would help manage two of the big challenges hospitals had after the gunman in Las Vegas opened fire.

One of the biggest challenges for healthcare providers in Vegas right away was identifying the urgency levels of those wounded so that the more severely wounded victims were transported first.

Those in the field often use a color coded tag system. For example, a red tagged patient after evaluation may be marked “urgent for transport.”

Mike Kraft of the St. Elizabeth Security Team says his Community Response Team is trained much in the same way.

“We work with local homeland security… on things such as identifying victims and where they are going and how to get family members to them,” said Kraft.

Communication with family members of victims was another challenge for those Las Vegas teams.

To address that locally, there's a coordinated Greater Cincinnati Health Council Network.

“There's actually radio communication with all the emergency management, all the first-responders and all the hospitals in Greater Cincinnati, so they'll open all what's called the hospital net and we will here where patients are going and then we get onto the computer system and we are all linked in together,” said Kraft.

That means hospital patients are linked on a Greater Cincinnati city-wide computer program.

“We're able to see what patients go to what hospitals… so if someone shows up here, and there loved one is actually at Good Samaritan, we're able to tell them that,” said Kraft.

Now some of the care for those wounded started with the friends and family all around them. Many were able to save lives by stopping the bleeding.

There is now special training for everyone in case of such emergencies.

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