3. First responders, hospitals save lives at the Boston Marathon finish line
Boston’s trauma centers have been widely praised for saving dozens of victims of the Marathon bombings, treating one person after another who arrived at their doors with limbs torn off or mangled, some patients having lost most of their blood.
The day’s utter chaos made missteps inevitable, but in the months since, the hospitals have found lessons to be learned from the moments of confusion and occasional miscommunication.
Boston’s six major trauma centers, which treated the most seriously injured victims, have already made some changes for handling mass emergencies and are continuing to review their performance for ways to strengthen the city’s already sophisticated trauma system and share their lessons with hospitals nationwide.