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A Texas city had a construction boom. So the local hospital created an amputation team

May 14, 2018 / Paige Minemyer

Development in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas, has been fast increasing in recent years—and with it, emergency preparedness officials began to notice—the use of construction cranes and pieces of heavy machinery. It was only a matter of time, they thought before someone gets trapped. So last year, first responders and the local hospital partnered to come up with a plan to create a team that could respond in that worst-case scenario: when a patient needs amputation out in the field.