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How would area hospitals handle a tragedy like Boston?
LOCAL AREA - What if something like what happened in Boston happens here?
How would our local hospitals handle it.
It's something they hope never happens but they have to be prepared.
They often do mass casuality drills.
Trauma Surgeon Doctor Rod Durham says most patients would be split up between our two trauma centers, Baptist and Sacred Heart.
And typically , there is a set protocol so everyone knows their role.
They would set up an incident command and organize rescues from there, what generally happens is if they can walk they will go to nearest hospital so that gets overwhelmed, so ems will set up and take them nearest trauma center which is hopefully a little further away.
He says the main types of injuries you see in a tragedy like this are concussions, ruptured ear drums, and blast injuries that often lead to amputations.
Some of the more minor injuries are respiratory problems, and plenty of scrapes and bruises...