Two men who were on front lines during Vegas shooting teach about mass casualty response


KETTERING, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Two men who were on the front lines during the response to the Las Vegas shooting were in the Miami Valley Friday to teach about mass casualty response.

In October 2017, 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a shooting at an open-air concert. Scott Scherr, MD, medical director of Emergency Services at Sunrise Hospital, and Gregory Cassell, chief of the Clark County Fire Department, were two of the many first responders that night, and outlined lessons that hospitals and EMS responders can learn from the incident.

Officials said 70 percent of the patients from the shooting were taken in by passenger cars, making triage and staging a little more complicated.

"If they're injured or shot, people are going to want to go to the hospital," Scherr said. "They're not going to think what hospital so we worked with our health department and fire and EMS crews to prepare a response team, so we not have a hospital response, so we have medics and firefighters who will respond to any hospital that's overwhemled."

During the massacre, the hospital saw more than 260 patients each hour.

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