Blytheville hospital says trauma training helped them after Saturday's shooting

Blytheville hospital says trauma training helped them after Saturday's shooting

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A weekend shooting in Region 8 tested the abilities of local medical professionals.

Saturday night in Blytheville ended in a shoot out killing one woman and injuring 11 others.

After the incident, a number of people with injuries and gun shot wounds were taken to the Great River Medical Center in Blytheville.

Emergency Department Director Stephen Laden said he was at his home when he received the call around 11:50 Saturday night.

He said he immediately started calling the emergency room staff that lived closest to the hospital.

Laden said he pulled up to the hospital and the entire parking lot was full.

In fact, Laden had to park on the street.

He described the scene as controlled chaos. The waiting room was full of people.

Laden admitted he'd never seen that many trauma cases at Great River, but he said that didn't mean they weren't ready.

"The way I look at it is preparation is key," Laden said. "We are lucky we are associated with the Arkansas trauma system through Little Rock. We are a level 4 trauma center. With them, we do get to do all kinds of trauma education."

Laden commended his staff and said the number of people who came into work on a Saturday night just shows what a great place it is to work.

"To me that shows the dedication and team work that we have," Laden said. "I mean it's amazing."

Laden said it goes beyond just nurses and doctors.

Cleaning staff along with other support staff came in as well Saturday night to assist in any way they could.

Laden also greatly thanked the Blytheville Police Department as well as the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office.

He said without them they wouldn't have been able to do their jobs because the police kept control of the crowd, allowing Great River Medical Center to save lives.

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