Sunday, February 15, 2015

TRAUMA ROOM ONE

PARKLAND ER:  TRAUMA ROOM ONE

"As with much of history, a very big event occurred in a very small space."
                                                       Allen Childs, M.D.
                                                       "We Were There"

Dallas, Texas (JFKASSASSINATION) One of the more recent books on the JFK assassination published in 2013, a half-century after the event, is "We Were There: Revelations from the Dallas Doctors Who Attended to JFK on November 22, 1963," by Allen Childs, M.D.

Chapter 6 is titled "Trauma Room 1."  This is where President John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead after failed efforts to revive him at 1 p.m. Dallas time, November 22, 1963.

Dr. Childs describes the room as being 7 feet high and 20 x 20 feet in size. It had green tile covered walls.

In the caption of a photograph of the empty room, Dr. Childs says...

"It is difficult to imagine how much history was compressed into such a small space....All the equipment used in the resuscitation effort was purchased by the National Archives at the request of the Kennedy family."

Today the equipment is stored in a 300 square foot underground space in Lenexa, Kansas.

When JFK was first wheeled into Trauma Room One, he was hooked up to a heart monitor.  "No heartbeats were recorded."

When Doctors Paul Peters and Kemp Clark arrived "a left chest tube was inserted" followed by external cardiac massage.

Then 30 year old resident Dr. Ronald Jones recalls looking at the president.  He said...

"His eyes were open but had little or no life in them."  

Dr. Jones, now 80 years old, said he never saw any eye movement and an EKG machine showed no heart action.

Dr. James Carrico detected no pulse or blood pressure, but said that President Kennedy "did show some signs of life," including strained respiration and a faint heart beat.

Ironically, while Dealey Plaza looks much the same today 50+ years later, neither the emergency room where JFK was treated nor the room in which JFK's body was autopsied in the Naval Hospital at Bethesda remain.

Simple plaques identify the locations at each site.

SOURCES

"Doctor who treated Kennedy relives final moments," August 7, 2013, www.usatoday.com/

Parkland Hospital, Voices from History, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, www.jfk.org/

"We Were There:  Revelations from the Dallas Doctors Who Attended to JFK on November 22, 1963," by Allen Childs, M.D., Skyhorse Publishing, New York, 2013.