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Medical News & Perspectives
September 13, 2016

Expanding the Health Care Response to Mass Violence

JAMA. 2016;316(10):1031-1033. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.10371

For Joseph Ibrahim, MD, the first wake-up call came last year at an Orlando Magic basketball game. The trauma medical director of Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) was sitting in the stands at the Amway Center when he looked around at the crowd of thousands and imagined a mass casualty incident. “Being the only level I [Trauma] Center in this area, we’re responsible for every single person in here,” he recalled thinking to himself. It later struck him that Orlando—with its proximity to Disney World—was a prime target for a mass shooting or bombing.