NEW YORK (WLNY) – The Boston bombings left three people dead and more than 170 people injured.
Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital, visited The Couch to give us insight into treating victims of such attacks.
Based on initial reports, Dr. Glatter said the bulk of the injuries have involved the lower extremity, predominantly involving soft tissue, bone as well as blood vessels.
Some runners and bystanders closest to the blast wave may have also experienced injuries to their ear drums resulting in hearing loss as well as ear ringing, he added.
Injuries to extremities from flying debris and schrapnel as well as traumatic injuries to the head, neck as well as abdomen would also be a concern in this setting.
The explosions from the detonation seem to have been associated with schrapnel producing the bulk of the injuries, as opposed to those from the “blast wave” itself. Some traumatic amputations were also seen according to trauma surgeons at area Boston hospitals.