BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Denver area hospitals were overwhelmed with dozens of causalities from the shooting that killed 12 and injured 58 others. It's a situation that every trauma center plans for but one that they hope they never have to execute.
It's a nightmare, but out of the chaos of a horrible scene like the massacre in Aurora has to come order. There has to be a way to sort through the dozens of people who were injured.
This is the kind of nightmare that every hospital has to be prepared to face.
Doctor Thomas Scalea is the Director of the University of Maryland Shock Trauma center. He says they have plans in place in case of such an incident.
"We have a mass casualty plan and it is a series of steps that we take to increase the resources available to meet the need as I said we try to size the need, but you just don't know how many people are coming," said Dr. Scalea.
Those steps include accessing the level of injuries. Patients injuries are prioritized so that the most severely injured can be treated first. Shock Trauma has handled mass casualty incidents before.
It's a time when tough decisions have to be made, and doctors say the can understand what their counterparts in Aurora are going through.
"What they're doing is they're doing their job it's exactly what we would be doing if it happened here and as terrible a tragedy as it is those people need medical care that's the first order of business everybody will deal with the grief when it's over," Dr. Scalea said.