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Meg Farris / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Boston area hospitals are still inundated with injured people, with four Level I Trauma Centers treating severely hurt people.

Locally, trauma surgeons at LSU Interim Hospital, known as University Hospital, say they're prepared to handle such war-like injuries.

As a Level I Trauma Center, every specialty doctor is on hand, as well as a 24-hour blood bank.

'We've been doing this since 1996 as a Level I Trauma Center. We have a lot of involvement with the trauma patients, obviously on a daily basis, and we have back up systems so if we ever get overloaded, we know how to call in backups and just to make sure that we can handle a large volume of patients if necessary,' said Dr. Norman McSwain, the trauma director of the Spirit of Charity Trauma Center and a Tulane professor of Surgery.

Dr. McSwain says the trauma team has a lot of experience with car crashes and gunshots, trauma that requires similar treatment to those in Boston.

With backup teams, local doctors say they can handle four times as many patients as they do on a nightly basis.

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