Carilion reacts to Trauma in Las Vegas

Hospitals and Trauma Centers need to be prepared when a major catastrophe like the one in Las Vegas happens. 

Carilion is a level one trauma center, so their employees are trained for situations like this, "there's an interdisciplinary team that prepares for disasters, we prepare basically monthly and go through various scenarios; whether they are an active shooter events, whether it's a natural disaster or really any type of disaster event that could befall the hospital we try to prepare for," says Trauma surgeon Daniel Lallor. 

Nevada only has one level one trauma center, but Virginia has five.  Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is designated to the southwest region of Virginia.  

In shooting cases like this prevention is key and learning how to identify someone who may became a deadly shooter.  Doctor Tod Burke, a Professor of Criminal Justice at Radford says, "there may have been something in their behavior that the people close to them realize.  They just weren't acting right in the last couple of days maybe there was something going on that may or may not have come to the attention of law enforcement or should have."

Besides learning how to identify someone who possibly needs help, there's more that you can do.  Carilion is offering a free class for the public to teach civilians what they can do if they ever encounter an accident where people need medical help. 

Sarah Beth Dinwiddie is the trauma outreach coordinator at Carilion clinic talks about a class called stop the bleed; "stop the bleed is so that anybody who happens to be at a traumatic event can provide care to a patient who may be bleeding you don't have to have any medical training or knowledge at all to be able to take the class."

The next available class is October 20th. 

For more details on the classes email Sarah Beth Dinwiddie sehelms@carilionclinic.org


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