The Real Tucson Story

By Greg Scandlen

Dr. Robert Sewell writes a blog post that puts all of the craven political opportunists to shame. Of all the lessons from this tragedy, the least important is the political one. Far more important is the miraculous response of the medical team to an overwhelming crisis. Only, it wasn’t a “miracle.” It was the result of extremely well trained and dedicated personnel at the hospital trauma center. Dr. Sewell writes:

It’s truly remarkable how a civilian hospital and the personnel who work there were capable of shifting gears, becoming a major disaster management center in just a matter of minutes. It’s my understanding that 10 separate gunshot victims arrived at the University Medical Center, and all but one of them survived. The lone exception was nine-year-old Christina Green who had been shot in the chest. Regrettably, nothing could be done to reverse the mortal wound she suffered. As for the others, including representative Giffords, they were quickly and expertly transported into operating rooms where life-saving care was administered.

And he concludes:

Over the last several years the national discussion surrounding health care in the United States has consistently pointed to various statistics suggesting that we have less than quality care at a higher price than elsewhere in the world. Personally I reject that notion and would point to the events of January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona as proof of the exceptional standards of American medicine.

Sure, we could spend less money on health care. Are we quite sure we want to live (or not) with the consequences?