Aurora theater shooting response serves as textbook for E.R. care, aids Boston hospitals in bombings

Aurora - The emergency response during the Aurora movie theater shooting by the team at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora is serving a model for hospitals worldwide.

Moments after the marathon bombing in Boston, the staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston was already well prepared.

They had been studying the response to the Aurora movie theater shooting , when 23 victims were rushed to the Colorado hospital for treatment.

In Boston, emergency chair Dr. Ron Walls knew "23" needed to be the new threshold for trauma care at his hospital.

The day of the marathon bombing, the Boston hospital also had 23 patients.

"We raised our game. We elevated our game because of what had happened in Colorado," said Dr. Walls.  "Can you take care of 23 patients in a very short period of time, in the course of an hour. We were able to deploy multiple teams and have that readiness," he said.

During and after the chaos in Boston, Dr. Walls was on the phone getting advice from Dr. Richard Zane in Aurora. Dr. Zane used to work at the same hospital in Boston, before moving to the University of Colorado Hospital.

"Emergency medicine and acute care medicine is a small world," said Dr. Zane. "We shared the lessons learned and we also check up on each other," he said.

Emergency medicine is a changing science.  The response in Boston was in part dictated by the events in Colorado.

"We had to be ready for a unimaginable number and it was really the lessons from Aurora that helped us to get ready for that," said Dr. Walls.

 

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