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Boston nurses tell of bloody marathon aftermath
NBCNews.com ^ | 4/21/13 | Carla Johnson

Posted on 04/22/2013 1:23:19 PM PDT by BlatherNaut

The screams and cries of bloody marathon bombing victims still haunt the nurses who treated them one week ago. They did their jobs as they were trained to do, putting their own fears in a box during their 12-hour shifts so they could better comfort their patients.

Only now are these nurses beginning to come to grips with what they endured, and are still enduring as they continue to care for survivors. They are angry, sad and tired.

(Excerpt) Read more at usnews.nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: bombing; boston; joker; marathon; tamerlan; terror

1 posted on 04/22/2013 1:23:19 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut

No doubt the emergency providers saw some stuff. BUT, they work in big city hospitals and trauma is everyday. And, they weren’t in a worse situation than a combat hospital near the front lines.

And, conditions were not worse in Boston than the Haiti earthquake.

We need to be careful to think that things today are somehow nastier than they’ve ever been.


2 posted on 04/22/2013 1:35:56 PM PDT by lurk
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To: BlatherNaut
Barrett cleaned shrapnel and nails from the wounds of some victims, side by side with law enforcement investigators who wanted to examine wounds for blast patterns. The investigator's request took him aback at first. "I wasn't stopping to think, 'What could be in this wound that could give him a lead?'"

If I had been that nurse there would have been one more victim to tend to.

3 posted on 04/22/2013 1:36:26 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: BlatherNaut

Gut-wrenching article.

My late Mother was an RN for 55yrs (WWII & civilian life) and dealt with this, all the time. My sister is an RN and LPN (34yrs) and deals with it every day. I faint when I see a hypo needle.


4 posted on 04/22/2013 1:39:19 PM PDT by carriage_hill (No one can go back and make a new start, but anyone can start from now, and make a new ending.)
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“My sister is an RN and LPN...”

She an RN and RNP.


5 posted on 04/22/2013 1:41:46 PM PDT by carriage_hill (No one can go back and make a new start, but anyone can start from now, and make a new ending.)
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To: lurk
Good points. Not much different than a large scale gang shootout except for the cause. I admire ER staff whenever I encounter them but, this story seems a little dramatic.

Similar stories came from San Diego from the PSA crash but there were lots of bits of lots of people to deal with. The first responders were shaken by that one, there was little hospital staffers could do.

6 posted on 04/22/2013 1:43:17 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: carriage_hill
Thankfully, the medical profession attracts good, dedicated people for the most part. Unfortunately, this will inevitably change as ObaMaoCare is implemented and they become more like postal clerks.
7 posted on 04/22/2013 1:46:34 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: lurk
No doubt the emergency providers saw some stuff. BUT, they work in big city hospitals and trauma is everyday. And, they weren’t in a worse situation than a combat hospital near the front lines.

True, but the type of trauma they had to deal with (shredded limbs with nothing but protruding bones remaining, nails embedded in little chilren, etc.) is hardly typical of an average day's work.

8 posted on 04/22/2013 1:50:15 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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The good ones will leave or retire, as my sister’s doing after all the years at kaiser-perm in sf. what’ll be left will be clerks and affirm action hires; you’re 100% right.


9 posted on 04/22/2013 1:57:13 PM PDT by carriage_hill (No one can go back and make a new start, but anyone can start from now, and make a new ending.)
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To: BlatherNaut

Must have been an awful day, expecting to treat dehydration and blisters and instead having to assist while a person’s shredded leg is removed.


10 posted on 04/22/2013 2:04:59 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: BlatherNaut

West, Texas must not have had any nurses left or I’m sure the media would have that article front page.....


11 posted on 04/22/2013 2:08:15 PM PDT by 1riot1ranger (OMG!!! ObamaMustGo!)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

It was noted for a couple days after the blast that the pieces of the device can be reconstructed enough to show what was used. I would think that anything embedded in the victims would want to be retrieved for this purpose and as quickly as possible.


12 posted on 04/22/2013 2:10:16 PM PDT by Ladysmith (Every time another lib loses its job, an angel gets its wings.)
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To: pfflier

I remember that crash. I think the most intact body was the one that fell through the roof of a car, and they suspect that was from the private plane. The folks on the 727...not much left. Very gruesome. Horrible accident. The cockpit voice recorder contained the last words of one of the pilots: “Mom, I love you!”


13 posted on 04/22/2013 3:31:59 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: lurk

The military sends its doctors to train at inner city hospitals, because they are like war zones.


14 posted on 04/22/2013 3:43:29 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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