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By Katie Lannan

BOSTON, JAN. 10, 2018...Deployed to Puerto Rico in November after Hurricane Maria, Massachusetts General Hospital staff saw local emergency rooms "overwhelmed" with patients they knew their team could care for, but lacked the logistical capacity to do so, the team's leader said Wednesday.

"We didn't have the pharmacy resources, we didn't have the consumable or durable medical goods," said Lindsay Martin, a nurse practitioner who helmed the 26-person team. "I don't know where that disconnect occurs in the broader system, but I would certainly say that we did see that there was a need, and I certainly would say that the team was frustrated by the fact that we knew we could meet the need but we weren't able to."

Mass. General officials briefed the state Public Health Council Wednesday on their experience staffing a federal medical shelter in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, detailing the hurdles they encountered and lessons learned.

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