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Palliative care in mass casualty events with scarce resources 

Palliative care in mass casualty events with scarce resources
Palliative care in mass casualty events with scarce resources

Anne Wilkinson

and Marianne Matzo

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date: 04 December 2021

The purpose of this chapter is to offer an introduction to the topic of disaster response/emergency nursing and the role palliative care can play during a mass casualty event (MCE) for vulnerable populations not normally addressed in usual disaster planning and response. This chapter examines issues associated with providing medical care under MCE circumstances of scarce resources; the current level of preparation of nurses to respond in these emergencies; the role for palliative care in the support of individuals not expected to survive; and recommendations of specific actions for a coordinated disaster response plan.

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