Transcript: Press conference on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s injuries – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – April 19, 2013

Partial transcript of press conference on the injuries observed on Boston Marathon suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on April 19, 2013:

Dr. Richard E. Wolfe, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
I’m Chief of Emergency Medicine here at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Early this morning, two of my faculty who lived actually close to where the events occurred in Watertown heard the sounds of shots and explosions and notified our emergency department that there is obviously something happening. At that point, we began to gear up, concerned about another mass casualty incident. At about 1:10 a.m., we were notified by the Boston EMS by the radio system that we had a patient that was coming in with multiple injuries. That patient arrived here at 1:20 a.m. by Boston EMS by the P1 crew who did an exemplary job but at that point he was in a traumatic arrest with CPR ongoing. We spent about 10, 15 minutes trying to resuscitate this patient with a number of procedures being done that were unsuccessful. At 1:35 in the morning, he was pronounced.

Dr. Kevin Tabb, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
My name is Dr. Kevin Tabb. I’m the CEO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. As Dr. Wolfe said, we did receive this patient and we’re ready to receive as many casualties as we would need to be ready for…We still do have 12 victims from the initial event hospitalized here at the hospital. One of them still in serious condition in the ICU. We initially received 24 patients here from the original event on Monday. The vast majority of those patients have been discharged…We are restricting access to ensure safety for our patients, family, and visitors and asking people to show patience as they come in this morning.

Question:
Was that patient brought in under police guard tonight?

Dr. Kevin Tabb, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
That patient was brought in with police guards, yes.

Question:
Can you describe the injuries?

Dr. Richard E. Wolfe, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
I cannot. We do want to make available the physician that initially heard the events in Watertown.

Dr. David Schoenfield, Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
My name is Dr. Schoenfield. Last night as I was doing some work at home and watching the news coverage of the officer-involved shooting over at MIT, I was sitting at home and I was able to hear the sounds of gunshots and explosions because I live in Watertown. And when I started hearing the gunshots and explosions, I recognized that something was really, really wrong and called the Emergency Department to let them know and then quickly got dressed to come into work and rushed over to the Emergency Department.

Question:
How quickly did you get here?

Dr. David Schoenfield, Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
I arrived at the Emergency Department before the patient arrived.

Question:
What time did you hear the gunshots?

Dr. David Schoenfield, Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
Sometime after about 12:45 a.m.

Question:
Doctor, can you describe your feeling at being in Watertown hearing the noise, you alert the ER, and you come into work and then you end up seeing that patient? I guess that’s a sad irony?

Dr. David Schoenfield, Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
So it’s – there’s a couple of different parts to it. One is when I start hearing the gunshots and the explosions, given what had happened over at MIT and seeing all the police cars rushing into Watertown past my house and hearing all the sirens, I knew or felt very strongly that this was related to the events from earlier this week as well as from what happened over at MIT earlier in the evening. And so because of that I felt as though something large enough was going on in the community that it warranted calling the Emergency Department and coming in.

And the emotions – you know, you sort of set aside when you come in to go to work and to do the job.

Question:
Did you actually work on the patient who’ve been shot?

Dr. David Schoenfield, Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
So I really don’t want to talk about that.

Question:
Okay, because I was going to say knowing what you knew going into it, you know, as a doctor how do you deal with that?

Dr. David Schoenfield, Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
So you give the best care you can to every patient that comes to you regardless of what may or may not be because you don’t know what happened out there and you don’t know who they are, you don’t know what the circumstances are. So whether it was, you know, a suspect, an innocent, a police officer – you have no idea who it is when they arrive and you give them the best care that you can to try and help them.

Question:
Did you look out the window at all to see anything outside?

Dr. David Schoenfield, Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
So I did go and look out the window. I did not see anything other than the police cars rushing into Watertown.

Question:
Being an urban medical center, you get patients under police guard all the time. Was there anything different in the emergency room? Was it more police officers than usual? Anything to kind of indicate this is very serious what’s happening here?

Dr. David Schoenfield, Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
So, there was a large police presence when the patient arrived – more so than typical but –

Question:
Were they able to talk to the patient at all?

Dr. David Schoenfield, Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
I don’t know what the police were able to – I can’t speak to that.

Question:
Now, the Police Commissioner did say that there was a suspect that was killed. Can you confirm that that suspect was here?

Dr. Richard E. Wolfe, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
No, we can’t confirm at all. All we can say is that a patient was brought in. We don’t have any more information than that. In fact, you probably have more information than we do about that.

Question:
Cause of death?

Dr. Richard E. Wolfe, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
This was a trauma arrest, multiple injuries. Probably we believe a combination of blast, potentially gunshot wounds.

Question:
How many gunshot wounds?

Dr. Richard E. Wolfe, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
Unable to count.

Question:
[Inaudible]

Dr. Richard E. Wolfe, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
And probably a blast injury also.

Question:
[Inaudible]

Dr. Richard E. Wolfe, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
An explosive device, possibly shrapnel, thermal injury.

Question:
Can you describe where it was?

Dr. Richard E. Wolfe, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
It was pretty much throughout the trunk. It was multiple wounds.

Question:
Would it be consistent with perhaps a bomb strapped to him?

Dr. Richard E. Wolfe, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
Unclear. I think the medical examiner will be able to kind of conclusively say that but there were signs of more than just gunshot wounds.

Question:
Do you know if he said anything?

Dr. Richard E. Wolfe, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
All we know is he arrived in arrest here. We don’t really know what happened at the scene.

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5 Comments on “Transcript: Press conference on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s injuries – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – April 19, 2013

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  4. WOW just WOW , so he was at the marathon, and in watertown to hear the gun shots and worked on both brothers, ,what are the odds

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