Area First Responders Talk Trauma

More than 100 first responders from six Central Texas counties spent the day talking about to save more lives in emergency situations.

(Photo by Rachel Cox)

KILLEEN (October 1, 2013)--More than 100 first responders from six area counties met Wednesday in Killeen to work on ways to save more lives in emergencies.

Doctors, nurses, paramedics and law enforcement officers attended the Central Texas Regional Advisory Council Acute Care and Trauma Conference to discuss how to respond to an active shooter or mass casualty situation, major highway accidents, and emergency incidents related to Fort Hood.

Two medical evacuation helicopters were flown in for the conference.

"We allow the patient who is in the rural America to (be flown) directly to the hospital within that golden hour,” Killeen air evacuation nurse Kyle Brown said.

“The average human body can survive up to an hour no matter what happens to it," he said.

Doctors from Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, and paramedics from all over Bell County spent the day, “getting to know the services they have,” Maj. Daniel McLaughlin of CRDAMC Trauma Services said.

“We're able to be face-to-face to speak about any concerns that we have and they're able to inform us of any new developments in the trauma community,"

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