The Drs: Boston Marathoners Talk of Devastation & Triage Card Colors

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The Doctors: Boston Marathon Bombing

This past Monday, the Boston Marathon was bombed leaving three people dead and just under 200 people injured. The Doctors talked with two people, Lee Ann and Nicholas Yani, both of whom were injured in the race and saw firsthand the aftermath of the explosion.

Lee Ann said when the bomb went off she didn’t know what was happening at first. Nothing felt real to her until she looked down and saw that her fibula was sticking out of her skin. It became very real for her at that moment.

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She was rushed to the emergency room where she underwent surgery to fix her fractured fibula. She said the doctors are going to be giving her a skin graft within the next couple days. They are only waiting because they say the wound needs to be cleaned more and more of the leg muscles need to be removed.

The Drs: Boston Marathoner Wants To Run In Chicago Marathon

As devastating as the Boston Marathon bombing was for Lee Ann Yani, she said as soon as she gets out of the hopsital she is hoping to start training for the Chicago Marathon.

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The Doctors: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Disaster Plan

The Drs: Boston Marathoners Talk of Devastation & Triage Card Colors

The Doctors talked with two Boston marathoners who were injured during the bombing, and they explained triage card colors after the Boston Marathon bombing.

The Doctors wanted to know how the hospitals handled the flood of patients after the bombing so they called on Dr. Parveen Parmar of Brigham and Women’s Hospital to describe the scene at the hospital.

Dr. Parmar said the moment the bombing happening, the internal hospital disaster plan went into effect. Everyone that could be discharged from the hospital was sent home and they made as much room as they possibly could to perform the procedures they had to.

Over 60 doctors flooded the emergency room when normally there would only be around 10 to 12 doctors on staff.

The Drs: How Triage Works During a Disaster

Dr. Travis Stork said triage changes quite a bit during a disaster. He continued by explaining the different meanings of the colored cards in triage.

  • Black means deceased.
  • Red means stop, this person has life-threatening injuries.
  • Yellow means this person has injuries that are not life-threatening but severe.
  • Green means walking wounded.

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