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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192051/strengthening-health-systems-through-international-blood-product-sharing-agreements
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Sanjana J Ravi
Blood products are critical to the success of both routine healthcare delivery and emergency response efforts. Ensuring the safety and availability of blood products presents nations with considerable collection, screening, and distribution challenges that are often exacerbated by public health crises, particularly mass-casualty events involving traumatic injuries. However, recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika virus disease have also illustrated the importance of securing blood product supplies during ongoing infectious disease emergencies...
January 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161564/management-of-vascular-trauma-during-the-paris-terrorist-attack-of-november-13-2015
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Philippe Tresson, Joseph Touma, Julien Gaudric, Quentin Pellenc, Marielle Le Roux, Charles Pierret, Hicham Kobeiter, Pierre Julia, Olivier Goeau-Brissonniere, Pascal Desgranges, Fabien Koskas, Yves Castier
OBJECTIVES: On November 13, 2015, Paris and Saint-Denis were the targets of terrorist attacks. The hospitals of the Public Hospitals of Paris Organization (AP-HP) and the Percy Armed Forces Instruction Hospitals were mobilized to face the mass casualty situation. The objective of this study was to analyze the management of the victims presenting with a non-thoracic vascular trauma (NTVT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: All the data relating to the victims of NTVT who required a specific vascular open or endovascular treatment were analyzed retrospectively...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152053/evaluation-of-absorbent-materials-for-use-as-ad-hoc-dry-decontaminants-during-mass-casualty-incidents-as-part-of-the-uk-s-initial-operational-response-ior
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Nick Kassouf, Sara Syed, Joanne Larner, Richard Amlôt, Robert P Chilcott
The UK's Initial Operational Response (IOR) is a revised process for the medical management of mass casualties potentially contaminated with hazardous materials. A critical element of the IOR is the introduction of immediate, on-scene disrobing and decontamination of casualties to limit the adverse health effects of exposure. Ad hoc cleansing of the skin with dry absorbent materials has previously been identified as a potential means of facilitating emergency decontamination. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the in vitro oil and water absorbency of a range of materials commonly found in the domestic and clinical environments and to determine the effectiveness of a small, but representative selection of such materials in skin decontamination, using an established ex vivo model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150265/-ethical-debates-related-to-the-allocation-of-medical-resources-during-the-response-to-the-mass-casualty-incident-at-formosa-fun-coast-water-park
#4
Jing-Shia Tang, Chia-Jung Chen, Mei-Chih Huang
Disasters are unpredictable and often result in mass casualties. Limited medical resources often affect the response to mass casualty incidents, undermining the ability of responders to adequately protect all of the casualties. Thus, the injuries of casualties are classified in hopes of fully utilizing medical resources efficiently in order to save the maximum possible number of people. However, as opinions on casualty prioritization are subjective, disagreements and disputes often arise regarding allocating medical resources...
February 2017: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146034/interprofessional-mass-casualty-incident-simulation-design-protocol-to-prepare-prelicensure-nursing-students-to-respond-to-a-disaster
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Kelley Strout, Deborah A Saber, Lisa Swanson Caruso, Charlene Ingwell-Spolan, Aiden Koplovsky, Erica M Caron, Jennifer Federico, Colin Hulst, Isabella Etro
Nurses need to be prepared to respond to mass casualty incidents. Simulation is an ideal teaching intervention that can be used to prepare nursing students to effectively triage patients and allocate limited resources. This article describes a detailed interprofessional mass casualty simulation of a bus crash with 32 victims. Nursing students trained with emergency responders with students acting as charge nurses throughout the simulation. The details of the simulation are provided for faculty to replicate.
February 1, 2017: Nurse Educator
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144892/10%C3%A2-years-of-preparedness-by-the-radiation-injury-treatment-network
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REVIEW
Cullen Case
The Radiation Injury Treatment Network (RITN) began in 2006 with the ambitious vision to provide a resource to help with the surge of casualties following a mass casualty incident with marrow toxic injuries. Through the efforts of the National Marrow Donor Program and American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation with the support of the Office of Naval Research, the initial 13 hospitals and cancer centers have grown to 76, training over 13,500 hospital staff and conducted, funded, and supported 580 disaster exercises testing preparedness...
January 31, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134070/earthquake-related-orthopedic-injuries-in-adult-population-a-systematic-review
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Michelangelo Bortolin, Ilaria Morelli, Amalia Voskanyan, Nina R Joyce, Gregory R Ciottone
: Introduction Earthquake-related trauma results in crush injuries and bony- and soft-tissue trauma. There are no systematic reviews analyzing the typical injury patterns and treatments in "Mega-Mass-Casualty" earthquakes. The characterization of an injury pattern specific to disaster type, be it natural or manmade, is imperative to build an effective disaster preparedness and response system. METHODS: The systematic review was conducted in accordance with Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA)...
January 30, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132665/exploring-injury-panorama-consequences-and-recovery-among-bus-crash-survivors-a-mixed-methods-research-study
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Isabelle Doohan, Ulf Björnstig, Ulrika Östlund, Britt-Inger Saveman
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore physical and mental consequences and injury mechanisms among bus crash survivors to identify aspects that influence recovery. METHODS: The study participants were the total population of survivors (N=56) from a bus crash in Sweden. The study had a mixed-methods design that provided quantitative and qualitative data on injuries, mental well-being, and experiences. Results from descriptive statistics and qualitative thematic analysis were interpreted and integrated in a mixed-methods analysis...
January 30, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120671/citizenaid
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CitizenAID is an easy-to-use app that informs users how to provide care in mass casualty situations, including shootings, knife attacks and bomb incidents. The authors are well known and respected specialists in trauma care and disaster management.
January 25, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102530/surgeon-preparedness-for-mass-casualty-events-adapting-essential-military-surgical-lessons-for-the-home-front
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Kyle N Remick, Stacy Shackelford, John S Oh, Jason M Seery, Daniel Grabo, John Chovanes, Kirby R Gross, Shawn C Nessen, Nigel Rm Tai, Rory F Rickard, Eric Elster, C W Schwab
Military surgeons have gained familiarity and experience with mass casualty events (MCEs) as a matter of routine over the course of the last two conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Over the same period of time, civilian surgeons have increasingly faced complex MCEs on the home front. Our objective is to summarize and adapt these combat surgery lessons to enhance civilian surgeon preparedness for complex MCEs on the home front. The authors describe the unique lessons learned from combat surgery over the course of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and adapt these lessons to enhance civilian surgical readiness for a MCE on the home front...
April 2016: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065200/testing-the-start-triage-protocol-can-it-improve-the-ability-of-nonmedical-personnel-to-better-triage-patients-during-disasters-and-mass-casualties-incidents
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Stefano Badiali, Aimone Giugni, Lucia Marcis
OBJECTIVE: START (Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment) triage is a tool that is available even to nonmedical rescue personnel in case of a disaster or mass casualty incident (MCI). In Italy, no data are available on whether application of the START protocol could improve patient outcomes during a disaster or MCI. We aimed to address whether "last-minute" START training of nonmedical personnel during a disaster or MCI would result in more effective triage of patients. METHODS: In this case-control study, 400 nonmedical ambulance crew members were randomly assigned to a non-START or a START group (200 per group)...
January 9, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058292/monoclonal-antibodies-that-recognize-various-folding-states-of-pure-human-butyrylcholinesterase-can-immunopurify-butyrylcholinesterase-from-human-plasma-stored-at-elevated-temperatures
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Hong Peng, Thomas A Blake, Rudolph C Johnson, Alicia J Dafferner, Stephen Brimijoin, Oksana Lockridge
Human plasma to be analyzed for exposure to cholinesterase inhibitors is stored at 4 °C or lower to prevent denaturation of human butyrylcholinesterase (HuBChE), the biomarker of exposure. Currently published protocols immunopurify HuBChE using antibodies that bind native HuBChE before analysis by mass spectrometry. It is anticipated that the plasma collected from human casualties may be stored nonideally at elevated temperatures of up to 45 °C for days or maybe weeks. At 45 °C, the plasma loses 50% of its HuBChE activity in 8 days and 95% in 40 days...
December 31, 2016: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041825/sodium-nitrite-and-sodium-thiosulfate-are-effective-against-acute-cyanide-poisoning-when-administered-by-intramuscular-injection
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Vikhyat S Bebarta, Matthew Brittain, Adriano Chan, Norma Garrett, David Yoon, Tanya Burney, David Mukai, Michael Babin, Renate B Pilz, Sari B Mahon, Matthew Brenner, Gerry R Boss
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The 2 antidotes for acute cyanide poisoning in the United States must be administered by intravenous injection. In the out-of-hospital setting, intravenous injection is not practical, particularly for mass casualties, and intramuscular injection would be preferred. The purpose of this study is to determine whether sodium nitrite and sodium thiosulfate are effective cyanide antidotes when administered by intramuscular injection. METHODS: We used a randomized, nonblinded, parallel-group study design in 3 mammalian models: cyanide gas inhalation in mice, with treatment postexposure; intravenous sodium cyanide infusion in rabbits, with severe hypotension as the trigger for treatment; and intravenous potassium cyanide infusion in pigs, with apnea as the trigger for treatment...
December 29, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034667/adjunctive-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-in-severe-burns-experience-in-taiwan-formosa-water-park-dust-explosion-disaster
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I-Han Chiang, Shyi-Gen Chen, Kun-Lun Huang, Yu-Ching Chou, Niann-Tzyy Dai, Chung-Kan Peng
BACKGROUND: Despite major advances in therapeutic strategies for the management of patients with severe burns, significant morbidity and mortality is observed. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) increases the supply of oxygen to burn areas. The aim of this study was to determine whether HBOT is effective in the treatment of major thermal burns. METHODS: On June 27, 2015 in New Taipei, Taiwan, a mass casualty disaster occurred as fire erupted over a large crowd, injuring 499 people...
December 26, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024651/dedicated-mass-casualty-incident-hospitals-an-overview
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J J Mark Haverkort, Mirjam B de Jong, Maurizio Foco, Daniele Gui, Masad Barhoum, Gila Hyams, Hany Bahouth, Michael Halberthal, Luke P H Leenen
INTRODUCTION: Hospitals worldwide are preparing for mass casualty incidents (MCIs). The Major Incident Hospital in the Netherlands was constructed 25 years ago as a dedicated hospital for situations wherein a sudden increase in medical surge capacity is mandated to handle an MCI. Over the years, more initiatives of dedicated MCIs have arisen. Herein, we compared the MCI facilities from three countries considering the reasons for construction and the functionality. METHODS: Three dedicated mass casualty hospitals and one hospital with a largely fortified structure were compared...
February 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964769/paramedic-application-of-a-triage-sieve-a-paper-based-exercise
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Glen Cuttance, Kathryn Dansie, Tim Rayner
: Introduction Triage is the systematic prioritization of casualties when there is an imbalance between the needs of these casualties and resource availability. The triage sieve is a recognized process for prioritizing casualties for treatment during mass-casualty incidents (MCIs). While the application of a triage sieve generally is well-accepted, the measurement of its accuracy has been somewhat limited. Obtaining reliable measures for triage sieve accuracy rates is viewed as a necessity for future development in this area...
February 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957642/radiology-response-in-the-emergency-department-during-a-mass-casualty-incident-a-retrospective-study-of-the-two-terrorist-attacks-on-22-july-2011-in-norway
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Victoria Solveig Young, Heidi B Eggesbø, Christine Gaarder, Pål Aksel Næss, Tone Enden
OBJECTIVES: To describe the use of radiology in the emergency department (ED) in a trauma centre during a mass casualty incident, using a minimum acceptable care (MAC) strategy in which CT was restricted to potentially severe head injuries. METHODS: We retrospectively studied the initial use of imaging on patients triaged to the trauma centre following the twin terrorist attacks in Norway on 22 July 2011. RESULTS: Nine patients from the explosion and 15 from the shooting were included...
December 12, 2016: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907140/detection-of-acute-radiation-sickness-a-feasibility-study-in-non-human-primates-circulating-mirnas-for-triage-in-radiological-events
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Naresh Menon, Claude J Rogers, Agnes I Lukaszewicz, James Axtelle, Marshleen Yadav, Feifei Song, Arnab Chakravarti, Naduparambil K Jacob
Development of biomarkers capable of estimating absorbed dose is critical for effective triage of affected individuals after radiological events. Levels of cell-free circulating miRNAs in plasma were compared for dose-response analysis in non-human primates (NHP) exposed to lethal (6.5 Gy) and sub-lethal (1 and 3 Gy) doses over a 7 day period. The doses and test time points were selected to mimic triage needs in the event of a mass casualty radiological event. Changes in miRNA abundance in irradiated animals were compared to a non-irradiated cohort and a cohort experiencing acute inflammation response from exposure to lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893288/analyzing-injury-severity-of-bus-passengers-with-different-movements
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Duo Li, Yifei Zhao, Qiang Bai, Bei Zhou, Hongbiao Ling
OBJECTIVE: Though public transport vehicles are rarely involved in mass casualty accidents, when they are, the number of injuries and fatalities is usually high because of large passenger capacity. Of the few studies that have been conducted on bus safety, the majority focused on vehicle safety features, road environmental factors, as well as driver characteristics. Nevertheless, few studies have attempted to investigate the underlying risk factors related to bus occupants. This paper presents an investigation aimed at identifying the risk factors affecting injury severity of bus passengers with different movements...
November 28, 2016: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890096/entrance-and-exit-wounds-of-high-velocity-bullet-an-autopsy-analysis-in-the-event-of-dispersing-the-mass-rally-in-bangkok-thailand-may-2010
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Vichan Peonim, Smith Srisont, Jitta Udnoon, Sompong Wongwichai, Arisa Thapon, Wisarn Worasuwannarak
Fatal mass casualties by high velocity bullets (HVBs) are rare events in peaceful countries. This study presents 27 forensic autopsy cases with 32 shots fired by 5.56×45mm. HVB (M-16 rifle bullets) during the dispersing the mass rally in Bangkok Thailand, May 2010. It was found that twenty-three (71.88%) typical entrance HVB wounds had round sizes less than the bullet diameters. Most entrance wounds had microtears but no collar abrasion since a HVB has a small streamlined spitzer tip and full metal jacket...
November 2016: Legal Medicine
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