Lessons from Boston


Apr 25, 2013

Governor Patrick visits the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after the Boston Marathon bombings

Governor Patrick visits the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to support and pay respect to the staff, families, and victims of the Boston Marathon bombings

photo by Ben Bocko/Governor's Office

This commentary originally appeared in New England Journal of Medicine on April 24, 2013.

At 2:50 p.m. on April 15, nearly 3 hours after the first runner completed the Boston Marathon, two blasts ripped through the crowd that was gathered along the approach to the finish line, killing 3 people and injuring more than 260. Within moments, the crowd's initial panic was replaced by purposeful action, as bystanders ran to, rather than from, the horror to help the injured. Law-enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel swiftly converged on the scene. Within minutes, ambulances began transporting the most critically injured to nearby hospitals....

The remainder of this op-ed can be found at nejm.org.

More About This Commentary

Commentary gives RAND researchers a platform to convey insights based on their professional expertise and often on their peer-reviewed research and analysis.