Doc describes medical tent experience of Boston marathon

April 24, 2013
Doc describes medical tent experience of boston marathon
The experience of a physician in the medical tent at the Boston marathon provides insight into the impact of the bombings on medical professionals at the scene; the perspective piece was published online April 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

(HealthDay)—The experience of a physician in the medical tent at the Boston marathon provides insight into the impact of the bombings on medical professionals at the scene; the perspective piece was published online April 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Sushrut Jangi, M.D., from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, describes his experience as a volunteer in the medical tent at the , from providing care for runners to witnessing the explosions and ensuing efforts to treat patients.

The author notes that during the marathon the medical tent provided care for sickened and stressed runners. After hearing the bombs, many of the did not know where to go or where they would be most valuable. Many physicians went to the scene and tried to provide assistance. At the medical tent, doctors awaited victims and were often shocked by the injuries, the like of which they had not seen before. Most of the victims were rushed directly to and a feeling of overwhelmed the physicians. Following instructions to perform a secondary survey, the physicians began to work on minor injuries and superficial wounds. As the patients were taken to hospitals or left, the medical professionals also left, and many experienced insomnia, reliving the images of violence.

"On one side were the events preceding the blasts, when I'd marveled at the functioning tent, with patients carefully triaged, hydrated, bandaged, and warmed," Jangi writes. "On the other side were the moments after the blasts, when many of us sank into a sensation of futility, seeing victims whose injuries and trauma surpassed our capacity to help."

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not rated yet Apr 25, 2013
I hope that the people behind this, whoever they are, are brought to justice. I don't know why or how this kind of thing can happen these days.

I care for even the most idiotic and selfish people, they have a reason for being the way they are. Nobody knows everything and to assume something is to put yourself at risk. I for one think it's time all of us worked together to help the less fortunate and unveil the sufferings of people who create this kind of horrific moment in the world.

All major world powers need to legislate into doctrine some kind of compassion and means for understanding. It would solve all of these situations, if you don't know what I mean then wait until you injure yourself, break a leg or dislocate a joint. You will realize that life is short and to take life from ANYTHING/ANYONE in a malicious or purposeful way you are giving in to pure evil and abandoning everything that makes you a good human.

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