Hospital scene after marathon was like a battle zone Boston Globe
A city whose hospitals and physicians are renowned for research
and cutting-edge surgical innovations faced a starkly different
challenge Monday, treating scores of injuries more commonly found
in a war zone.
Patients arrived at Boston hospitals with limbs blown off,
shrapnel wounds, burns, gruesome fractures, and perforated
eardrums from the shock wave of two explosions near the Boston
Marathon finish line shortly before 3 p.m.
“For many, many people in emergency medicine who are practicing
domestically and not in the military, these are
once-in-a-lifetime events,” said Dr. Ron Walls, chairman of the
Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Runners and spectators alike were rushed to hospitals, where
doctors said that the injuries individually were not
extraordinary, but that the volume was unprecedented.