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Recent Incident

dgsweigert at juno.com dgsweigert at juno.com
Sat Dec 15 20:06:10 GMT 2012


This is a teachable moment for ED and ER staff.

Often times gang members will drop off gun shot wound (GSW) victims at the ED/ER.

Rival gang units will learn of the location and enter the hospital to seek out the rival member for execution.

In view of the above situation, do you want to lobby for more gun control laws (Conn. is fifth in the nation for tough gun control laws) or do you want to develop proactive procedures for an active shooter incident at your facility?

This is a good time to revisit the active shooter protocol at your facility.  Some questions:

Do you have a plan to push out your outer perimeter of your ED/ER with security staff?

Do you practice and drill an active shooter event at your facility?

What is your plan for law enforcement officers (LEO) to be posted as a deterence?

Rather than use this forum as a gun control political debate (which is ok with me), I think it is prudent to use this teachable moment to revisit mass casuality plans, security plans, active shooter drills, etc.

Just my $0.02

David Sweigert, M.Sci.
EMT-B, HazMat FRO, Paramedic-trainee

---------- Original Message ----------
From: Ruy Cabello-Pasini <ruycabello at yahoo.com>
To: T-List Trauma List <trauma-list at trauma.org>
Subject: Recent Incident
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 10:23:28 -0800 (PST)

I always read with interest all what is posted here. I feel very sad because of the lives lost in the recent shooting and my feelings are with the families affected with this tragedy.  Unlike others I do not think it's wrong discussing gun control issues at this time, of course what everybody wants is for this to never happen again.  I understand some of you who think that the instrument (gun) is not the problem, but please keep in mind that is PART of the problem, I think that instrument AND availability both fall in the Environment and Pre-Event "square" off the Haddon Matrix of Injury Prevention.  I post this because in my country you start to hear people and politicians talking about more liberal gun control laws, especially when we are affected by drug-related violence. I do not think this is the answer. 
Ruy Cabello-Pasini, MD
Trauma Surgeon
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