Trauma nurses working to save lives in Lee County
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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Fox 4 keeps you posted on serious accidents and traffic conditions on a daily basis... but what happens after the accident?
Tonight we go into the trauma center at Lee Memorial Hospital... to talk to the nurses who handled last weekend's deadly church van accident on I-75.
It was a horrible accident... members of a local church were on a bus when a tire blew out on the interstate near Corckscrew road.
One person died immediately.
Two more within 24 hours.
Nevertheless, trauma nurses at Lee Memorial are used to working under stressful conditions.
But the accident on I-75 last Saturday, put them to the test.
15 people were hurt.
Shattered glass...ejected seats....and a collapsed roof.
This team of trauma nurses had just started their shift - when they got the call.
Head trauma nurse Mary Bell noted that "it started with 4 - so we got 4 rooms ready.. then it grew to five, then it grew to 7 then to 8! "
They didn't even stop to talk, they all headed off in different directions and started pulling supplies from other floors.
Four beds are dedicated to trauma- so they started improvising- to handle the extra load.
Trauma nurse Jenna Lanphear described it like this: "It's organized chaos... pure organized chaos. And everyone has their part and they know what that part is."
While the survivors of this horrific accident were being treated, the trauma team couldn't seem to catch a break.
Jenna said "because even though we had 8 traumas come in we still have to maintain the influx from the front door of the ER . Its not like we get to close the doors."
For these nurses, taking care of people who have been through something this horrible, its what they do.
The director of the e-r trauma nurses really isn't surprised about how well her team performed.
Director Christy Dutton said "Honestly this is the thing with ER nurses - they just know how to get things done. They just take care of it."
Lee Memorial Hospital is the only level 2 trauma center in southwest Florida.