On June 12, 2016, Orlando, Florida was the site of one of the worst mass casualty incidents in American history. An attack by a lone gunman on the Pulse Nightclub resulted in 49 deaths and 53 injuries. The majority of these victims were brought to Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), the regional Level I trauma center, which is located only 2100 feet from the Pulse Nightclub.
Since that night, Orlando Health team members have given over 500 lectures around the world to share the lessons we learned from this senseless attack. The Orlando Health Disaster Response Project is a multimedia resource intended to help hospitals prepare for mass casualty events. Available at www.orlandohealth.com/disasterresponse, over 30 chapters detail a department-by-department response to the Pulse Nightclub tragedy including recommendations for preparing your hospital for mass casualty events.
Disaster Response Videos
- Preparedness, Commitment, Humanity and The Pulse Nightclub Tragedy
- Dr. Michael Cheatham presents the lesons learned from the Pulse Nightclub tragedy
- Six ORMC trauma surgeons discuss their response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting with Scott Pelley from the CBS Evening News
- Lessons One Orlando Hospital Learned from the Deadliest Mass Shooting in U.S. History - American Hospital Association Health Forum
- "I Know Love Because I Was There That Night": Orlando Health Shares Seven Lessons from the Pulse Nightclub Shootings - 2016 Institute for Health Improvement
Disaster Response Publications
- Cheatham ML, Smith CP, Ibrahim JA, Havron WS, Lube MW, Levy MS, Ono SK. Orlando Regional Medical Center responds to Pulse nightclub shooting. Bull Am Coll Surg 2016 Nov; 101(11):12-19
- Havron WS 3rd, Safcsak K, Corsa J, Loudon A, Cheatham ML. Psychological Effect of a Mass Casualty Event on General Surgery Residents. J Surg Educ 2017 Nov-Dec; 74(6):e74-e80.
- Russo RM, Galante JM, Holcomb JB, Dorlac W, Brocker J, King DR, Knudson MM, Scalea TM, Cheatham ML, Fang R. Mass casualty events: what to do as the dust settles? Trauma Surg Acute Care Open 2018 Oct 9;3(1):e000210
- Smith CP, Cheatham ML, Safcsak K, Emrani H, Ibrahim JA, Gregg M, Eubanks WS, Lube MW, Havron WS, Levy MS. Injury characteristics of the Pulse Nightclub shooting: Lessons for mass casualty incident preparation. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2020 Mar;88(3):372-378