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Boston hospitals better prepared after marathon bombing

Hospital Safety Insider, April 10, 2014

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As the city of Boston prepares for its marathon one year after the tragic double bombing at the finish line, the city’s hospital and first responders and hospitals say they more prepared than ever to deal with a similar emergency, reports WBZ-TV.
 
The response of Boston's hospitalshave been studied by safety professionals all over the world ever since the bombings last April 15, which killed 3 and injured about 264 people. A rapid response from EMS crews in conjunction with well-practiced hospital emergency plans are credited with getting most of the victims to the hospital within 20 minutes and saving the lives of all patients who made it to hospitals.
 
According to the TV station, officials say in addition to intense training and preparation, there were many factors that fell into place that day that will affect future planning. For example, it was a holiday and the bombing occurred during a shift change at hospitals, which meant there was staff overlapping when the first patients came in. In addition, communication between EMS dispatchers and hospitals has been improved because over 100 patients had to be divided among the city’s six trauma centers, and hospitals have also started providing better medical training and supplies for Boston police officers.



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