Dr. Brooks Moore is the medical director of the Georgia Marathon. He said if there was a bombing during the Georgia Marathon or Peachtree Road Race, people in Atlanta shouldn't worry.
"We are prepared. We have two level one trauma centers available in Atlanta, Grady and Atlanta Medical Center, and we would send our patients to those facilities and there would be triage at the scene to determine who was the most significantly injured, and then the patients that were most significantly injured would be sent to those level one trauma centers," said Moore.
The images from Monday's bombing paint a picture of chaos. The injured were scattered on the ground, bleeding from seemingly everywhere. But Moore said the injuries in bombings are pretty consistent.
"You see extremity injuries, orthopedic injuries, fractures, damage to the lungs, damage to internal organs and head injuries are typically the most severe. Most people that die from the initial explosion and secondary injuries are from flying debris," Moore said.
Moore said the key is getting to victims as quickly as possible.
"It is going to be chaotic, they are going to be multiple grievously injured patients all arriving around the same time. But through our training, we know how to triage these patients appropriately and how to get them the care that they need, which in most cases means a trip to the operating room," Moore said.
Moore said he expects there will be meetings in the coming days and months where officials will discuss what happened in Boston and lessons that can be taken from it.
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