Sunday, August 1, 2010
The Boston Marathon Medical Tent
Reading through an issue of Runner's World from earlier this year (yes, it's old) I found an infographic and a couple of pages on how the medical tent at the race is set up. Given the size of the race, I was not surprised by most of the statistics about the sophistication or the large numbers of people and supplies. In fact most of it sounds as I would expect, dozens of doctors, over a hundred nurses and massage therapists, several defibrillators and ambulances. 928 patients treated in 2009 with 19 going to the hospital. The little nugget I thought was pretty awesome though: a quote from medical coordinator and athletic trainer Chris Troyanos, by the time 3pm rolls around, the marathon is "an active mass casualty event".