Civilian Hospital Treats 9 Fort Hood Shooting Victims
By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 Nine of those injured in yesterday’s mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, are in varying degrees of stability in a nearby civilian hospital, including three in critical condition, a trauma physician said today.
Two are fair and four are in good condition, said Dr. Matthew Davis, the hospital’s trauma medical director.
All are service members -- eight men and one woman -- and they range in age from 21 to the mid-40s. The families of all nine have been notified, Davis added.
Several patients could be discharged today, he said, noting that those who are awake and talking are “in good spirits.”
Of the three critical patients, one suffered a neck injury, another has an abdominal wound, and the third may have a spine injury.
Two require further surgeries; one is scheduled for today and the other for tomorrow, Davis said.
Those who are noncritical largely suffered superficial grazing injuries, and other injuries were caused by shrapnel from nearby structures, Davis said.
“In terms of life-threatening events, right now I feel pretty good for our patients,” he added, but he noted that it’s too soon to declare that everyone is “out of the woods.”
A variety of resources is available to help victims, family members and others who were potentially traumatized by yesterday’s shooting, officials said. Victims who are treated for post-traumatic stress fare better when dealt with as soon as possible, said Dr. Alexander Thompson, chair of Scott and White Hospital’s psychiatry department.
“The men and women who protect our country are outstanding. However, they’re put in circumstances that are difficult,” he added.
“We’ve been working with Fort Hood to develop a quick access clinic so that people, family members, other folks in the community who have been affected by this can meet with professionals early on,” he said, “because we really see that as critical and part of our role right now.”
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