BOSTON (CBS) – On Marathon Monday Boston hospitals and first responders are always prepared to see runners with the typical injuries of cramping or dehydration.
But when tragedy struck at the finish line in 2013, years of intense training and planning paid off.
This year, medical crews will be even more prepared.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports
Just minutes after EMS radios shared the horrific news of explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line, victims started arriving at emergency rooms around Boston.
“All the critical patients were out of there in the first 20 minutes,” James Hooley of Boston EMS said.
Within two miles of the marathon finish line, there are six trauma centers. It was the job of Boston EMS to distribute more than 100 patients in need of urgent care .
Far from the madness of Boylston Street, but still critical to saving lives, EMS dispatchers inside Boston Police Headquarters directed ambulances across the city.
“Not one hospital was overwhelmed with patients,” Barry Wante of Brigham and Women’s Hospital said.
Every patient who made it to a hospital survived.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports