Roseville Trauma Surgeon Shares Insight Of Handling Bombing Situations

CBS Sacramento

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ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – After two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon on Monday, hospitals were flooded with the more than 140 injured runners and spectators.

Emergency room doctors train for similar situations and a Sutter Roseville Medical Center trauma surgeon shared his experience in dealing with the same kinds of injuries Boston physicians currently face.

“It can be a very bloody scene, especially in this type of environment,” said Dr. John Perlstein.

Perlstein has gone from treating bombing victims on the battlefield of Iraq to Sutter Roseville’s trauma center, and still vividly remembers the difficulty treating bomb wounds.

“The explosive devices have a lot of metal fragments that are placed inside. So people come in with holes anywhere from their head to their feet,” said Perlstein.

The bombs in Boston, according to doctors, contained shrapnel metal ball bearings, designed to make wounds even worse —…

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