How the ER Trauma Team at Sunrise Hospital Saved Over 211 Lives the Night of The Las Vegas Shooting

Neither Christopher Fisher nor most of his crew of trauma surgeons were planning on working on the night of October 1, 2017, the night that Stephen Paddock opened fire on a Route 91 music festival on the Strip, raining hundreds of rounds onto the crowds from his 32nd floor hotel room and ultimately killing 59 people and wounding over 500.

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Sunrise Hospital Trauma Team – L to R: Dave MacIntyre, MD; Stephen Chock, MD, Chris Fisher; MD, Kitae Kim, MD and Matt Johnson, MD

Around 10 p.m., he got a text from the hospital, saying that there may have been a mass casualty.

He says, “About 90% of the time, the mass casualty warnings end up being kind of nothing, minor injuries, so I didn’t think too much of it, but I just got my scrubs back on and I started hearing my trauma pager go off with the first two gunshot wounds and after that I got in my car and headed back.”

 

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