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How prepared is Hawaii for a mass casualty emergency?

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Hospitals in Las Vegas are filled with victims from Sunday's deadly shooting. If a similar thing happened here, Hawaii hospitals would be overwhelmed.

Luckily, Hawaii has a network of doctors, paramedics, and first responders who train for the unthinkable.  That training is critical, especially if a Las Vegas like event happened in our islands.

"We would have to handle them all, because we dont have any back up like the mainland.  So we would have to eventually take care of all the patients that were injured. Said Emergency Medical Services Chief, Dean Nakano.

Everyone just pitches in.  Even if youre not a trauma center, youre probably going to get some of the walking wounded.  Obviously the most critical ones would come here to Queens. Explained Medical Director of Queens Trauma Center, Michael Hayashi.

Queen's Medical Center is Hawaii's primary trauma center.  Its a level II, which is the highest in the state.

Paramedics with the city's EMS will be among the first on scene and will play a role in where patients are sent for treatment.

The first things they would do is ask each hospital that could receive these critically injured patients or anybody affected by the disaster is how many can you take.  Queens will take as many as we have to.  We have to take care of everybody that is needed. Said Queens Emergency Department Chief Howard Klemmer.

Help from the military and federal fire department might be required.  An organization called the Healthcare Association of Hawaii would also provide support.

We work hard to provide that extra staffing, to provide the supplies, the tent systems, or even field hospitals as well as we can to respond to the scene. Explained HAHs Director of Emergency Services Christopher Crabtree.

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii has a medical response team with more than one hundred doctors, nurses, and others.  They plan for the most difficult situations.

We feel that weve put a lot of things in place.  We feel that were in a good place. Said Crabtree.  

Mass casualty events aren't scheduled.  You can't predict when they'll happen, so the idea is to always be prepared.

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