Controlled Chaos at Las Vegas Trauma Center After Attack

Mother/daughter nursing team steps into action


On Sunday night, Toni Mullan drove 110 miles an hour on side streets from home to get back to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where she had just worked a 12-hour shift as a clinical supervisor in the trauma resuscitation department.

University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the only level-one trauma center in Nevada. 

Her car was smoking as she pulled into a three-hour parking spot close to the trauma center.

Ms. Mullan, 54, left her hazard lights blinking as she shut the car door and raced inside.

Around a dozen patients had already arrived from the shooting scene at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

Two were dead and two had been “black tagged” — fully assessed and found to have injuries that were not survivable.

104 patients with more on the way

Ms. Mullan’s daughter, Antoinette Cannon, 29, a trauma nurse who also works at the hospital, was standing out front with a physician assistant, taking injured patients out of vehicles as they drove up to the hospital and quickly assessing whose conditions were the most precarious.

By daybreak 104 patients had arrived, and more were expected as people were transferred from neighboring hospitals with fewer capabilities.

“The minute I got there, I looked at the situation and said ‘How am I going to utilize my resources?’ ” said Ms. Mullan, a registered nurse.

University Medical Center is the only level-one trauma center in Nevada. That means it is fully staffed with surgeons and trauma nurses day and night to handle injuries and mass casualties – 10-20 patients at a time.

But even with 11 trauma bays, three operating rooms, a CT scanner, a trauma intensive care unit and a pediatric intensive care unit all under one roof, the trauma center had never faced a torrent like this. For two or three hours, the patients came nonstop. READ THE FULL STORY AT THE NEW YORK TIMES.