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Hospitals size up the lessons of Marathon attacks

Chief among concerns: accurately identifying patients amid chaos

Boston’s trauma centers have been widely praised for saving dozens of Marathon bombing victims, treating one person after another who arrived at their doors with limbs torn off or mangled, some patients having lost most of their blood.

The day’s utter chaos made missteps inevitable, but in the months since, the hospitals have found lessons to be learned from the moments of confusion and occasional miscommunication.

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