Las Vegas hospitals deal with mass shooting aftermath, array of patient injuries

Las Vegas hospitals are seeing the effects of Sunday's mass shooting as they treat an array of traumas, including gunshot wounds and car injuries, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Authorities have reported more than 50 deaths and more than 500 injured from the shooting, which occurred at a country music festival near the Las Vegas strip's Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Las Vegas-based University Medical Center of Southern Nevada is among the organizations that have cared for shooting victims. The Wall Street Journal reports the medical center, which brought in additional staff and military medical personnel, had 50 physicians treating more than 100 injured patients. Some of those patients had gunshot wounds, including "devastating brain injuries" as well as chest, abdomen and bowel wounds, among others, Deborah Kuhls, MD, a surgeon and director of UMC's trauma intensive care unit, told the publication.

The hospital also treated pediatric patients as well as patients who experienced trauma when they were hit by cars when trying to get away from the shooting scene, according to the report.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas is another healthcare organization that has treated shooting victims. The Level II trauma center said via statement Monday it had treated 180 patients from the shooting; 14 of those patients did not make it.

"Our Trauma Center physicians and hospital staff have done an amazing job. So far, we have performed approximately 30 surgeries. This has been an unprecedented response to an unprecedented tragedy. Our trauma team and all supporting nursing units, critical care areas and ancillary services are all at work this morning in the aftermath of this tragedy — and most stayed throughout the night — to help the victims and to assist their loved ones," said Todd Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Read the full report here.


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