Vt. EMS teams learn lessons from Boston bombings
Anticipated challenges of a mass casualty event included prioritizing treatment, limited resources and identifying help from other hospitals
JAY, Vt. — The message Thursday from the vice-chair for emergency preparedness at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital to EMS workers in Vermont was clear:
"Disasters can happen without warning, at any time, and really, anywhere," warned Dr. Paul Biddinger.
Biddinger's team at Mass General faced a crush of critical patients following the twin bomb explosions during the Boston Marathon. "Triage has to be brief," Biddinger told the statewide EMS and Healthcare Preparedness Conference at the Jay Peak Resort. "At least 20 people are alive today, because EMS (leapt into action) right away."
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