Lessons From Military Surgeries Informed Treatment of Boston Victims New York Times
BOSTON — For years, Dr. Michael J. Weaver, an orthopedic trauma
surgeon, went to meetings of his professional society and heard
surgeons from the military describe what they had learned
treating blast injuries. Then he would return to his practice at
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he mostly treated
people injured in auto accidents or falls.
All that changed on Monday when victims of the bombings at the
Boston Marathon arrived.
“We’ve seen similar injuries, but never of this magnitude,” Dr.
Weaver said. “This is completely different.” The military
experience, he added, “has been phenomenally helpful.”
It turns out to be an art — and a delicate balancing act — to
treat people with blast injuries that can pulverize muscle and
rip blood vessels, that can drive pieces of metal into soft flesh
and shatter bones. Trauma surgeons call it damage control, and
say the military experience showed how important it is.Read the