Paris terrorist attack: early lessons from the intensivists

Crit Care. 2016 Apr 8:20:88. doi: 10.1186/s13054-016-1246-0.


During the night of 13-14 November, the city of Paris was exposed, within a few hours, to three bomb explosions, four shooting scenes, and one 3-hour hostage-taking of several hundred people causing at least 130 deaths and more than 250 injured victims. Most unstable patients were transferred to the six trauma centers of the Paris area, all members of the TRAUMABASE Group. A rapid adaptation of the organization of trauma patients' admittance was required in all centers to face the particular needs of the situation. Everything went relatively well in all centers, with overall hospital mortality below 2 %. Nevertheless, most physicians nowadays agree that anticipation, teaching, and training are crucial to appropriately face such events. All of us have learned many additional issues from this experience. Following a meeting of the TRAUMABASE Group, the most relevant issues are detailed in the following.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Blast Injuries / therapy*
  • Emergency Medical Services / methods
  • Emergency Medical Services / standards
  • Explosions / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospital Mortality
  • Humans
  • Paris
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data
  • Terrorism / statistics & numerical data*
  • Triage / methods*
  • Triage / standards