Florida medical director featured on '60 Minutes' talks safety preparation for mass shootings

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Peter Antevy, MD, medical director for Broward County in Florida, was featured on Scott Pelley's program "60 Minutes" and spoke about emergency response in the wake of recent mass shootings, according to EMS1.com.

"My first instinct was [my son] needs a bleeding kit. My son, today, has a bleeding kit on his person," Dr. Antevy told Scott Pelley on "60 Minutes."

The "60 Minutes" segment reported AR-15 semi-automatic rifles have been the weapon most commonly used in the worst mass shootings in the U.S. like the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh and the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Broward County.

Laz Ojeda, a paramedic, indicated during the segment that part of the reason he was able to save a Stoneman Douglas student's life was because Broward County EMS equipped its healthcare teams with tools to properly treat "battlefield" wounds caused by weapons such the AR-15.

"We carry active-killer kits in our rescues," Mr. Ojeda told Mr. Pelley. "That is a kit that has five tourniquets, five decompression needles, five hemostatic agents, five emergency trauma dressings."

Dr. Antevy said mass shootings require "different training." EMS training changed after the Sandy Hook mass shooting in 2012. He also indicated that as mass casualty events become more common, it shows the importance of civilian training like Stop the Bleed.

"We have to have the general public understand that they are the first line of defense," Dr. Antevy said. "And every city, every community in this country needs to roll out those bleeding kits, or these active killer kits. … And every child has to learn how to do it."

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