Paris Terrorist Attacks Drill
Pelloux was also on duty on Friday night, and said yesterday that the death toll could have been much higher if the hospitals had not been practising for a mass casualty event. Only a few hours earlier on Friday, emergency-response teams had held a drill for “multisite” attacks involving the dispersal of casualties to five designated trauma centres. When the real thing erupted that evening, the emergency services were prepared, said Pelloux, but even so the scale and severity of many of the injuries was “terrifying”.

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