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Marathon Bombings Bend, But Don't Break Nurses

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, May 7, 2013

Cleaning Shrapnel Under Investigators' Gaze
The Associated Press caught up with several nurses from Massachusetts General Hospital, who reassured panicked patients that they were safe, even as they were wrapping up their wounded legs and inserting IVs.

One nurse tried to clean shrapnel from people's bodies as investigators watched, telling him not to remove debris from a wound so they could investigate it for blast patterns. Another nurse is coping with the emotional aftermath of that day by thinking about the progress and bravery of her patients, especially those who've lost limbs.

"Blessed to be Able to Care" for Bombing Victims
"One runner at a time, one victim at a time." That was the mantra of Florida-based RN Katie Powers, who was taking a runner's blood pressure as a volunteer in the marathon's medical tent when the explosion rocked the race.

She saw patients with shrapnel wounds and with their legs blown off, but says, "I was blessed to be able to care for those innocent people." She and the other medical personnel weren't evacuated from the area until two hours after the explosion, according Powers' account of the day in the Bradenton Herald.

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