by the Left Coast Rebel
I'm doing some drive-by blogging this morning, resuming a busy schedule and will be back here later today. A CBS News report (via Memeorandum) about President Reagan getting shot by John Hinckley Jr. in 1981 really caught my eye.
Here's an excerpt from the piece:
By chance, the closest hospital was on the campus of George Washington University, a hospital that had a dedicated team of trauma doctors and nurses standing-by – something few other hospitals had in those days.
“When I walked down the emergency room after being STAT-paged to go down there, I had no clue why they wanted me,” said Dr. Joe Giordano. “And I saw all these strange people around, you know, with their earplugs in and everything like that. And I said, ‘What are these people all doing here?’ I walked in and there he was on the gurney stark naked. So it was quite a shock.”
Five years earlier, when Dr. Giordano had taken over trauma care at George Washignton, its importance was only beginning to be appreciated.
“Surgeons were returning from Vietnam, and the first thing they noticed was that, gee, in the field they had everything they needed for resuscitation of the trauma patient, and the patients did very, very well because there was a trained team working by protocol with everything at their fingertips,” said Dr. Giordano.
“They came back to the United States and it was a disaster. Emergency rooms did not have experienced personnel seeing patients.”
Giordano believes the decision to bring Reagan straight to his emergency room made all the difference.