Preparedness under assault
April 20, 2013
by Jaimy Lee & Maureen McKinney
hile Boston's response to bombing showed crucial role of planning, strides elsewhere in emergency readiness could be undermined by budget cuts Read more: Boston bombing highlights need for emergency readiness as cuts threaten planning
Boston's efficient and effective medical response to the Patriots Day bombing and the good reviews given local responders in the massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas sent the nation a largely positive message about the healthcare system's preparedness for mass casualty events. But the funding and training that enabled those responses is under siege, which is raising troubling questions about the healthcare system's ability to sustain its readiness.
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