Blasts Turned Boston's Hospitals Into War Zones
Injuries seen in yesterday's explosions among toughest to treat, experts say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2013 1:04 AM CDT
Rescue personnel aid injured people near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.   (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Stuart Cahill)

(Newser) – The Boston Marathon bombing left the region's hospitals dealing with scores of injuries more commonly seen in war zones. The wounds suffered by many of the 144 victims taken to hospitals are among the most difficult to treat, because explosions send out "an invisible wall of energy" that can cause massive internal injuries, experts tell USA Today. Many victims sustained shrapnel injuries to their legs and at least 10 amputations have been performed, CNN reports.

"Injuries range from minor eardrum blasts to really serious limb injuries and serious head injuries, as well," the chief of emergency medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital tells the Boston Herald. But Boston is about as prepared as a city can get for this kind of horror, experts say. It has some of the best hospitals in the world and a widely praised emergency management system. Military doctors say that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan led to major advances in treating the kind of injuries Boston is now dealing with, and these lessons are hopefully playing a role in saving lives now.

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Apr 16, 2013 6:07 AM CDT
Whether or not this turns out to be from an outside entity or homegrown, where was Dept. of Homeland Security? This agency is a JOKE and must be terminated. Janet Napolitano is a political hack who has NO security credentials, who while Governor of Arizona let illegals run wild to create a kidnapping hub in that state and who thinks open boarders are terrific. NO MORE NOW.
Apr 16, 2013 1:29 AM CDT
Fq the "due process". This is Wild West time. Drag them out to the finish line, hang them, and set their swinging corps on fire to let the world see them swinging. Let everyone know (including our own lowlife scumbags) that we are done pussy footing around. Its our society or these psychopaths. Their is no longer time or reason to deal with these slugs. Let then know that while we are the rational ones here, that when it comes down to a us or them ultimatum, we will get more ferocious than they ever could.
Apr 16, 2013 1:21 AM CDT
Sooo sad. Hope they catch whoever did this...