Boston Marathon Medical Tent Turns Into 'Mass Casualty Center'—April 17, 2013

Despite the chaotic scene that unfolded, the medical tent staff remained calm and focused. Observers believe having the bombs go off so close to the race's finish line, where so much medical assistance was readily available, probably helped save lives.

Fortunately, most major marathons have a detailed medical plan in place, and the lead medical team is well trained in disaster management. Robert DiGiacomo, a physical therapist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, has also volunteered at several road races, including the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh marathons. He said that besides several large medical tents set up near the finish line, medical response teams were situated all along the course as well.

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