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  •  Finally, the medical timeline (4.00)
    Kudos to the local newspaper the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, and reporter James Powell, for a clearer picture of the medical timeline, published in their newspaper.
    Here it is, condensed:
      5:30 to 5:50 PM  shooting incident
      6:00 PM Phone call reporting same
      6:20 PM Cheney's medical people make the decision to take Whit to the stand-by ambulance that is on-call for Cheney, and make the decision to move Whit by ambulance to the Cristus Spohn Hospital in Kingsville, TX, which is 45 miles away. This hospital is only a "general acute" level IV trauma center. Level I is highest-doing research plus all specialties available in-house 24/7. Level II has the same, minus the research. Levels III and IV have lesser levels of coverage, IV meaning that there are ER docs in house.
       6:45 PM Whit arrives at Kingsville, TX ER, and is immediately attended by ER physician Dr. Fred Martin, and shortly after assisted by Dr. Subnani. Apparantly Subnani disagreed with Martin, recommending that Whit remain in Kingsville overnight. Whit apparantly preferred transfer, concerned about pellets in his nose and throat area, and figured specialists would be available at the other hospital to deal with that.
      7:07 PM request made for air ambulance (HALO) to transfer Whit to the Corpus Christi hospital.
    7:29 PM Plane arrives Kingsville Hospital
    8:19 PM Whit arrives hospital in Corpus Christi.
    The newspaper reports that the patient was conscious and alert during the flight, talking with the staff.
      Total time estimate: 169 minutes, or 2 hours and 48 minutes.
      The newspaper account raises the question as to why Whit was not flown immediately to the higher level trauma center. The apparant answer is that the decision was made by Cheney's medical staff.
      The newspaper did not say how many were in the vp's medical team, or what their specialties were. Normally, ambulances are required to take all medical orders only from the medical director, generally meaning the ER doc on call. See standards for National Association of Registered EMTs.


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