Fatal Wounding Pattern and Causes of Potentially Preventable Death Following the Pulse Night Club Shooting Event
Smith, E., Shapiro, G, and Sarani, B. (2018). Fatal Wounding Pattern and Causes of Potentially Preventable Death Following the Pulse Night Club Shooting Event. (Abstract only.) Prehospital Emergency Care. 22(6): 662-668 .
This retrospective study of autopsy reports for victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting found that there were 6.9 wounds per patient (90% to an extremity, 78% to the chest, 47% to the abdomen/pelvis, and 39% to the head). Sixteen patients (32%) had potentially survivable wounds; no tourniquets or wound packing materials were documented. The authors concluded that civilian care provided on scene and a more coordinated evacuation approach could increase survival in future incidents.