How do medical centers handle mass shootings?
Dr. Marc Siegel explains
- Duration 2:47
- Date Jul 20, 2012
Dr. Marc Siegel explains
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-- -- were also keeping track of this hour of the dozens of victims were being treated at hospitals across the Denver area.
So how hospitals react to crisis situations like this and what kind of treatment.
Or the victims receiving joining us now is doctor Marc Siegel he's -- Fox -- medical eighteen Murdoch -- -- always great to have you.
What what does happen in a situation like this where they have mass casualties coming -- to a hospital.
Allison the first thing is that Denver that area has really great trauma centers and Swedish hospital -- University of Colorado which are involved.
Are among the top trauma centers in the country.
Now there's several issues one is the tear gas or type of smoke that was involved are gonna cause irritants to people's eyes provoke asthma.
That's just the tip of the iceberg that's involve -- people that are gunshot victims the main thing you do is you try to stabilize them by giving them intravenous fluids.
Blood because they lose a lot of blood you believe it or not don't remove bullets right away and less.
They're threatening organs you make sure that the body organs aren't leading -- and in the danger and then you wait you try to keep the patients stable.
Now the other thing that was mentioned by Harvard that I want to bring up here is -- -- huge fear factor going on it's not surprising that 42% of people polled.
Say they don't want to go to the movies what actually happens and -- contributing to that on television right now because we have to report this terrible terrible crime.
People plug into that because of fear it's one of the most powerful human emotions there is we plug into that and we think it's going to happen tell us next.
Although statistically it is extremely unlikely that this is gonna happen again may be a copycat crime as possible.
But this is not going to happen movie theaters throughout the country.
And of course not and I'm -- be brought up the mental health aspect of this.
Doctor -- because this has -- residual effect this is not anything you tell me I don't know if if the mental health.
Repercussions are acute today or if these pop up weeks and months later.
I think both is true Allison we're seeing an acute reaction and then you brought up before the issue of posttraumatic stress.
Believe it or not.
It doesn't just apply to that region it's supposed to be people that -- in the theater but it actually ends up applying in a milder way across the country you -- -- call after 9/11 after September 11.
People a loud noise used to scare people for a while -- a -- made a bomb would be going off the same with Columbine in that exact region in 1999.
And this is fifteen miles away from this movie theater.
I think you're gonna see a lot of fear and I think we have to be aware of it as we're watching the news be aware it's not gonna have -- -- You're right your absolute rights and it's natural to feel anxiety as our previous doctor said just take care of each other today and and be kind warmth and love.
Now doctor -- thank you celebrate the sales and you to the.