Purpose of Review This article reviews the key steps required for preparation and execution of patient care during mass casualty (MASCAL) events. Recent Findings The experience provided by the recent conflicts in the Middle East as well as multiple civilian attacks or incidents resulting in mass number of casualties have afforded the health care providers with a wealth of data and experience to aid in the preparation and execution when forced to deal with this type of situation. Summary The following compiles the lessons learned by presenting the reader with ten critical concepts that are crucial to proper preparation and deployment of resources to effectively manage and successfully approach a mass casualty event. . . . . . Keywords Mass casualty Triage Multiple trauma Active shooter Bombings Natural disasters Introduction evaluation and care proceeds as usual and per routine guidelines. Any discussion of mass casualty care should begin with a 2. A multiple casualty incident occurs when there are multi- clarification of terminology, as the authors have frequently ple injured patients presenting in close temporal proxim- observed multiple events that have been mis-labeled as ity, but that do not overwhelm the available healthcare BMASCAL^ events. The term mass casualty
Current Trauma Reports – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 14, 2018
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