NEW ORLEANS – When the early morning hours Sunday were disturbed by gunshots ringing out on Bourbon Street, the emergency medical team at the LSU Interim Hospital was preparing to take care of the wounded.
Of the ten people who were shot, two were in critical condition and seven of the victims ended up at the LSU Interim facility.
“When we have multiple gunshot wounds at one point in time, it’s a concerted effort,” said Peter DeBlieux, the interim hospital’s emergency services director.
“They’re gunshot wounds,” said Norman McSwain, the director of the trauma center. “They’re bad gunshot wounds. Some are worse than others and we take care of the worst ones first.”
So far, five of the victims remain hospitalized, with one in critical condition. Four are in serious condition. The remaining four were treated and released from either LSU Interim Hospital or Tulane Medical Center.
“The spirits universally are positive,” said DeBlieux. “They appreciate the care they're receiving here.”
So far, the identities of the victims are still unknown. Police say some were visiting from out of town, and doctors say, some have a long road to recovery ahead.
“It's going to be variable depending on the patient,” said DeBlieux. “Everything from rehab to multiple visits, to the physician to some of them not even needing to be seen and follow up.”
The trauma center sees 2-3 times more gunshot and stab wounds than any other trauma center in the country. And its medical staff is well prepared to care for multiple shooting victims, as it did Sunday morning.
“There's no delay time in getting the patient to the operating room,” said McSwain. “That's one of the things we've learned in the management of trauma center over the years.”