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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Staff & Patient Safety - October 2017

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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7 6 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 What inspired you to focus on responses to mass casualty events? I took part in dealing with the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. That was pro- foundly distressing, and the experience changed me forever. That's when I began working with the American College of Surgeons to develop ways to improve survival rates after mass shootings and other trauma events involving major bleeding. How have the stakes been raised in recent years? Active shooter events are happening more frequently, and the automatic weaponry is more alarming. Medical professionals have been putting themselves at risk for a long time. The dangers are different now — bullets, not just bacteria — but the philosophical issues are the same. What is your responsibility to the patients in your care? Should you protect them at the expense of your own well-being? What if you have a young family at home? When researching the impact of active shooter events and asking healthcare professionals about the topic, it became clear to me that they had not strongly considered the moral and ethi- cal issues involved. hat Would You Do If Bullets Started to Fly? W Lenworth M. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS Surgeon and proponent of preparing for active shooter events

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