Seeing the pictures made me really cringe. I wish I could have been there to help. From an EMS response standpoint, here are my thoughts:
- The prevalence of lower limb injuries is interesting. This could just be by placement, but it may have been by design as well.
- I'd really like to see the PTT/INR stats on some of the victims. Bad guys have been known to pack the shrapnel with warfarin containing pesticide to increase mortality rates.
- Hats off to Boston EMS. Wow. Great job. The response will become required MCI reading in the future.
- This is the MCI eventuality that a lot of us have trained for and hope would never happen. I hope that it will reinforce the importance of training, preparedness, and preplanning.