'While terror ripped through the streets of Paris on November 13 as extremists opened fire and set off explosions at several sites throughout the capital, the city's hospitals activated an emergency response plan to treat the victims.
The attacks left 130 people dead and more than 300 injured. As of today, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said 161 people injured in the attacks remain hospitalized, including 26 in intensive care.
The toll could have been even worse, but emergency physicians and hospital workers were prepared to handle the crisis, a group of doctors from the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) wrote in a paper.
In fact, of the 302 people who were rushed to hospitals that night, all but four survived.
Dr. Rémy Nizard, the head of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology Service of the Hospital Lariboisière, a branch of the AP-HP, where victims were rushed to after the attack, co-wrote the report published in The Lancet.
He said that having a plan in place was vital to successfully managing patients. But also credits his colleagues' work ethic and drive to help people with much of their ability to control the situation.'
"All the staff had a common goal so it was easy to manage everyone around this goal," he told CBS News. "It was so important for each of us to be a part of this history to help people. That's the core business of doctors and nurses. We like to save people and we were in the position to save people and we were so comfortable with that that we just did what the system needed."
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