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Medical Preparedness Lessons From Brussels, Boston, Paris And Beyond09:43
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In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, emergency personnel assist a wounded person on the sidewalk after an explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston. In a rebuttal to the terrorists and a tribute to stellar medical care, all of the more than 180 people injured in the Boston Marathon blasts one week ago who made it to a hospital alive now seem likely to survive. (AP Photo/Kenshin Okubo, File)
In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, emergency personnel assist a wounded person on the sidewalk after an explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston. In a rebuttal to the terrorists and a tribute to stellar medical care, all of the more than 180 people injured in the Boston Marathon blasts one week ago who made it to a hospital alive now seem likely to survive. (AP Photo/Kenshin Okubo, File)

In Brussels on Wednesday, officials formally identified the 32 victims of the brutal attacks there eight days ago. Ninety people remain hospitalized, a third of them suffering severe burns.

Brussels joins a growing list of cities that have dealt with these types of horrific attacks that have left many people hurt and maimed, something Boston knows about all too well after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

What lessons have been learned in terms of emergency medical preparedness?

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Dr. Eric Goralnick, medical director of emergency preparedness for Brigham and Women's Hospital. He tweets @EricGoralnick.

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WBUR: Boston Emergency Responders Learn Lessons From Paris Attacks

  • "There is a tragic circle of learning among cities attacked by terrorists. Emergency planners in Boston organized the conference because they wanted to learn more about how Paris responded to the terrorist attacks there last fall, specifically how the city managed responding to attacks at multiple sites. Pierre Carli, the head of Paris Emergency Medical Services, was one of the organizers of the conference. He said Parisians had learned from other cities that had suffered terrorist attacks."

New England Journal Of Medicine: We Fight Like We Train

  • "Our next duty, as members of the Boston health care community, is to work with our colleagues in prehospital care and across all receiving hospitals to carefully and collaboratively analyze our collective experiences and share with others the lessons regarding health care and preparedness that emerged from this tragic event. We have learned so much, but we have so much to learn."

This segment aired on March 30, 2016.

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