RAW: University Medical Center's Monday news conference on shooting victims

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 7:58 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Dr. Peter Rhee said Rep. gabrielle Giffords is one of two patients still in the ICU, but she is the only one in critical condition.

Six more people remain in the hospital; four of them are in serious condition. The other two are good and fair. In addition, two patients have been released.

Rhee said several patients still in the hospital will need to undergo further surgery.

Rhee said now that the emergency has passed, the care of most of the patients will transition from putting things back to together to looking at the patient as a whole, including the emotional issues that are virtually inevitable after such a traumatic event.

"We're accustomed to taking care of such things as PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] ... and there are also issues with depression that could take place," Rhee said. "Things are going to be things done with compassion.

"We have psychiatrists in house. Our social workers are the best in the country. But we also have city and county facilities and resources. ... That's the part we're really going to be concentrating on. It is vitally important to take care of these patients all the way through the spectrum of trauma care."

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