100 Boston Patients Are Out of Hospital
Decade of war meant doctors 'were without question ready'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 17, 2013 9:17 AM CDT
S.W.A.T. team members stand guard on the campus of Massachusetts General Hospital following an explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(Newser) – As of this morning, 100 of the 183 people hospitalized in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing have been released, CNN reports, in a testament to how well area doctors have handled the crisis. Boston boasts nearly 80 hospitals, and they're regarded as some of the world's best, the Week points out, while MSNBC observes that trauma treatment has improved drastically since 9/11—in part because of America's war experience. The Marathon bombs were IEDs, "and that's exactly what a number of our troops in Iraq in Afghanistan have had to deal with," one emergency room specialist tells NPR.

Techniques learned in those conflicts have now proliferated into civilian medicine. Tourniquets, for instance, have gone from being considered a dangerous last resort to a routine life-saver. Shrapnel extraction techniques have improved as well. It also helped that there was a medical tent at the finish line already, which quickly became a well-oiled triage center. "I've seen a lot worse," one emergency room physician tells the New York Times. "They were without question ready—not for those types of injuries, but they were prepared."

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Apr 17, 2013 2:10 PM CDT
There are comments and then there are comments, rigth fellows ???? So why stop at Irak and Afganistan ?? Every war has left us with the same dilemas ref. the training of our medical staff !!!! Thank you.
Apr 17, 2013 12:30 PM CDT
Wow, what a break we caught, huh? I mean if we hadn't spent the last ten years or so piecing tens of thousands of our troops back together behind blasts and shrapnel damage from I.E.D.'s in the Middle East we might not have been prepared for these casualties here at home. What a break, huh?
Apr 17, 2013 9:38 AM CDT
"The Marathon bombs were IEDs, "and that's exactly what a number of our troops in Iraq in Afghanistan have had to deal with." Well, there's the perfect excuse you can use MIC to the American Public the moment you want to invade another country, or help its rebels. To help hone the skills of our doctors here in America.