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A man shot himself in an apparent attempt to take his own life outside Fauquier Hospital Monday afternoon and was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to hospital officials.

Fauquier Hospital Chief Operating Officer Donna Staton said in a statement, “This afternoon, an unfortunate incident occurred on our hospital campus. An individual used a firearm to attempt to commit suicide near the Emergency Department entrance. This was an isolated act, and no one else was involved,” the statement said. “When the incident occurred, we responded immediately and notified law enforcement.”

Acting Chief of Police Lt. Tim Carter of the Warrenton Police Department said that officers responded to the hospital at 1:50 p.m., after a report of a man with a gun.

Upon arrival, Carter reported that officers found a white man seated in a wheelchair near the entrance to the Emergency Department. The man was suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken inside the hospital to be treated by staff and was later transferred.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, Carter said.

The hospital has increased security measures “out of out of an abundance of caution and also to help with proper patient flow,” Staton said. “The hospital was never on lockdown or on diversion.”

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Concerned citizen

Most hospitals are not considered "trauma centers". I believe in this area Fairfax and UVA are the only level 1 trauma centers, and I think Reston is a level 2. Washington Hospital Center is the region's "burn unit".

All other hospital ERs can assess and begin stabilization; but do not have the staffing or facilities for trauma and immediate cardiac surgeries, or massive severe burns. After assessing the patient's condition: the ER doctor orders the patient to be transported to a trauma or burn center via a medically staffed helicopter if critically severe, or by ambulance if life is not deemed in immediate danger.

How this was handled by Fauquier ER was correct by the protocals. At this time it is more cost effective (based on current needs) to transport via helicopter than pay to establish and fund a full time trauma center at Fauquier.

Tell It Like It Is

We obviously do not have an adequate trauma center at our hospital. We sent this person by ground towards the city.
Perhaps the hospital should be bolstering it's trauma capabilities instead of a build a new cancer center? But I'm sure there is much more money to be made in cancer so just send the trauma patients elsewhere ................... if they live long enough to make it there?
Pretty sad.

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