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Surgeon who led trauma operation after Vegas shooting comes to Tucson

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TUCSON - The head trauma surgeon in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, the night of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, was in Southern Arizona, Thursday. 

Dr. Deborah Kuhls spent the day at the Star Pass Marriott, educating doctors, nurses and first responders on how to prepare for traumatic events.

"We saw 104 patients," Kuhls said. "I was on-call that night and I took the roll of senior surgeon to help decide who needed to go to the operating room, who needed blood and who could not be resuscitated. 

Kuhls is the keynote speaker at the 29th annual Southern Arizona Trauma Conference on the west side.

She remembers vividly how quickly her operating room filled up with critically wounded patients. 

"We went from zero to 40 patients within five minutes," Kuhls said. "Unless you plan for a disaster you won't know what to do because it happens so fast. If we train, we'll know what to do in the heat of the moment, we'll do a good job and as many people as possible will survive and recover."

The conference continues Friday in the Arizona Ballroom of the hotel from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. 

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