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Multiple casualties and disaster response in critical care 

Multiple casualties and disaster response in critical care
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Multiple casualties and disaster response in critical care
Author(s):

Yoram Weiss

and Micha Shamir

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199600830.003.0008
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date: 26 February 2020

Most disasters occur with little or no warning, which emphasizes the importance of being prepared for disasters. This chapter will focus on the organizational steps needed to provide disaster response and operational flexibility, with an emphasis on the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach in the preparation needed to deal with and care patients from for a multiple-casualty event (MCE) following a disaster. Process control issues related to the management of a MCE, such as forward deployment of medical personnel to the trauma bay and emergency room, the establishment of a chain of command to limit chaos, patient flow, and information gathering, will be discussed.

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