Becker's Healthcare December 7, 2023
Paige Twenter

In 2017, Las Vegas hospitals treated victims from a mass shooting that killed 60 people and injured more than 400. In the aftermath, emergency response crews needed more of one crucial item: a Sharpie.

In the chaos, hospital workers were writing patients’ vital signs and other data on their foreheads with Sharpies to help other response team members keep track, according to U.S. News and Las Vegas Review-Journal. Mike Schiller, senior director of supply chain at the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management, said this example underscores the importance of planning for and reviewing responses to mass casualty events.

“That really speaks to the importance of these exercises so that you can find what that Sharpie is,” Mr....

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