Written by Lauren Nystrom, MD, PGY-2, University of Missouri – Columbia
Florida school shooting leaves 17 dead, wounds 17 more. Headlines like this one seem entirely too common, and that’s because they are. Since 2008 the number of active shooting events has tripled from 5 per year (on average) to nearly 16 per year according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These horrific acts and the media frenzy surrounding them force us as part of the global medical community, and as part of early response teams, to consider our preparedness for and our response to acts of terrorism and intentional harm. And while active shooters and suicide bombers capture the attention of the media, we in our daily work take care of countless victims of smaller scale traumas forever altering the lives of those involved.