A horrible act happened recently at the prestigious Boston Marathon in Boston, MA. But in the aftermath, there were signs of hope and strength.
It’s almost inconceivable to think that someone could be capable of the actions that occured at the end of the Boston Marathon on April 15th, 2013. Two young men left home-made explosives that detonated and killed three people while injuring over one hundred others. In the aftermath, a security officer was also shot and killed.
The media frenzy surrounding these events and the ensuing manhunt for the individuals responsible rivaled the 9/11 coverage in scope and intensity. An entire major U.S. city was left practically at a standstill while these dangerous men were still at large.
For me, all of the expected human emotional responses were triggered. I was fearful and scared. I was angry and upset. And I was confused asking myself how and why such a thing could happen.
But then I took notice of something fairly obvious and yet so easily overlooked by the media: the response to the attack by many good people in the aftermath of this bombing. There was a lot of good that happened. It’s just not something we often notice.
Boston is a literal hotbed of top quality medical facilities. The immediate area surrounding the route of the Boston Marathon has some of the best hospitals in the world. And they more than proved it this past week.
There were many people that stepped up in this time of crisis. The Boston police, fire, and emergency services performed excellent under immeasurable pressure. Many federal and state organizations coordinated efforts to focus on a greater good.
Medical centers in the area received waves of patients with seriously injuries as if they were in a war zone. But the healthcare system in place stepped up and met the challenges it faced. Disaster drill training kicked in and healthcare workers were forced into overdrive.
I’m here to remind everyone that the profession of pharmacy was a small but important part of that effort. How many pharmacists and pharmacy technicians worked hard to help those bombing victims? I’m positive it would be a large number if it could be calculated.
Think of all the victims of this attack who needed medications for some relief from their pain or to prevent some further harm such as an infection. Think of all the third-shift pharmacy employees who assisted with the treatment of patients who were in surgery until late into the nights after the bombing.
Our healthcare system is often criticized for it’s shortcomings and it’s failings. But we do still have top quality healthcare in the United States. And one of the areas where our system shines is emergency medicine. And pharmacy plays an important role in that effort.
It makes me proud to think that I am a small part of a profession that was critical in helping the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. And think of all the hard work area pharmacists and technicians will do in the next few days to help patients. Pharmacy is a vital public service that will help Boston residents in the recovery process going forward.
I hope our profession takes time to recognize those individuals involved in the response and recovery efforts in Boston. Credit is deserved for a job well done. Maybe one of the larger pharmacy organizations could find a few individual pharmacy stories and highlight them?
I’ve always complained that the profession of pharmacy is the victim of negative press. We’re rarely spoken of unless something bad happens.
But in Boston this past week, we were able to see a shining example of everything that is right in the world of pharmacy. Will the world see or hear about those efforts? I sure hope so!
A terrible terrorist act happened in Boston, MA on April 15th, 2013. But in the aftermath of the bombing there were many places to look to for that hope and comfort we all desperately needed. And pharmacy, along with all of healthcare, was one source for that hope.
The Redheaded Pharmacist