Surgeons treating marathon victims benefit from military's experience

04/19/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Boston physicians who learned about treating blast victims from military surgeons put the lessons to good use treating victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Military protocol calls for dealing with the most life-threatening problems first, instead of trying to treat all of a patient's medical issues. Patients suffering amputations also will benefit from military advances in reconstruction, prosthetics and rehabilitation, orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr. Michael Weaver said.

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