BOISE -- As doctors and emergency planners in the Boise area have watched the news reports out of Boston, they've been thinking about emergency plans in Idaho.
The most severe patients in an emergency would likely be taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
The hospital’s trauma director says you can never be 100 percent prepared, but you can get close, and current plans are good.
We got a tour of some of the places in Ada County where emergencies - from natural disasters to plane crashes to explosions - would be handled.
There is a room where emergencies or very large scale events in Ada County can be monitored and controlled.
"Like mass casualty, it doesn't matter if it's an earthquake or an IED, the results are similar and we have to be prepared to respond to that," said Doug Hardman, Director of Emergency Management.
Hardman says watching the video of the Boston bomb explosions made him think about plans and training here.
"Those scenes are very chaotic at first. The key is through the planning, training, exercising how quickly you can get things under control, and get some of the problems resolved. That's kind of the key to success," Hardman said.
"The first thing that went through my head is 'I feel sorry for all the people,' but the second thing that goes through my head is 'there's going to have to be somebody to take care of all those folks,'" said Dr. Bill Morgan, Medical Director of Trauma Services.
Dr. Morgan says at Saint Alphonsus they have surgeons, doctors, nurses and equipment to handle injuries like he's seen talked about in Boston.
"Like this bed right here is where we would bring a Level 1 trauma patient. A Level 1 trauma patient would be someone whose vital signs are very sketchy or who has extensive injuries, who may have extremity amputations. Some of those things they were dealing with in Boston, those critical patients would be Level 1 patients. They would take priority over say a Level 2 or Level 3 patient," Morgan said.
Other hospitals say they too train in case a huge number of patients overflowed to all area hospitals.
"There's defined roles into who does what. We have ways to notify all employees. If we do have a lot of casualties, that's going to require extra employees, so we'd notify employees to come in. It's something we practice and take very seriously," said St. Luke's spokesman Ken Dey.
Dr. Morgan explains Saint Alphonsus is essentially the high-level trauma center between Portland and Salt Lake City.
They have a rule here where three trauma surgeons out of the six at the hospital have to be in town at any time. He says with three surgeons, they could handle 8 to 12 severely injured patients.