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Nine dead & nearly 20 others were taken from the rig hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke


  • Thirty were hospitalized in all
  • 17 of those rescued were being treated for injuries that were considered life-threatening

7/20/2012: A 24-year-old gunman goes on a rampage at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora, killing 12 people—the youngest a 6-year-old girl—and injuring at least 70 others.

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A stampede of religious pilgrims in a pedestrian tunnel in Mecca leaves more than 1,400 people dead: 7/2/1990.

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History of UVIS (The Unified Victim Identification System)


2001: Software is developed in response to Sept 11th and Flight 587 disasters, out of which UVIS evolves.

2004: The first version of UVIS is developed in anticipation of the NYC Republican National Convention in 2004. This version has only the Call Center and Missing Person’s modules.

2005: The Family Assistance Center Module is added to UVIS. OCME and NYPD gain full Ante Mortem–Missing Persons interview capabilities.

2007: Documentation of the full cycle of victim identification is completed with the addition of the Post Mortem module. OCME now has the ability to track victims from “Cradle to Grave”. A forensic dental identification program was developed with new charting code and a smart search engine.

2008: In preparing for a possible Pandemic Influenza (PI) outbreak in the NYC area, the PI module is developed based upon the OCME’s “PI Surge Plan to Manage Decedents”. All 63 heath care facilities are connected to UVIS.

2009: UVIS continues to be developed and expanded in close collaboration with various Medical Examiners’ and Coroners’ Offices throughout the country. OCME and other Medical Examiners/Coroners offices provide important feedback for the future development of UVIS. UVIS is currently undergoing a major enhancement that will create a medicolegal case management system that will be fully integrated with all disaster components, laboratory systems and external information sources.


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