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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781406/analysis-of-emergency-health-care-workforce-and-service-readiness-for-a-mass-casualty-event-in-the-republic-of-ireland
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Tener Goodwin Veenema, Fiona Boland, Declan Patton, Tom O'Connor, Zena Moore, Sarah Schneider-Firestone
OBJECTIVE: Ultimately, a country's capacity for a large-scale major emergency response will be directly related to the competence of its health care provider (HCP) workforce and communication between emergency responders and hospitals. The purpose of this study was to assess HCP preparedness and service readiness for a major emergency involving mass casualties (mass casualty event or MCE) in Ireland. METHODS: A cross-sectional study using a 53-item survey was administered to a purposive sample of emergency responders and HCPs in the Republic of Ireland...
May 21, 2018: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740959/preparedness-for-treating-victims-of-terrorist-attacks-in-australia-learning-from-recent-military-experience
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Jeffrey V Rosenfeld, Biswadev Mitra, De Villiers Smit, Mark C Fitzgerald, Benjamin Butson, Michael Stephenson, Michael C Reade
The Australian health system is generally well prepared for mass casualty events. Fortunately, there have been very few terrorist attacks and these have involved low numbers of casualties compared with events overseas. Nevertheless, Australian health professionals need to be prepared to treat mass casualties with blast and ballistic trauma. The US military and its allies including Australia have had extensive experience with mass casualty management in the Middle East and Afghanistan wars for more than a decade...
May 9, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29701847/protecting-mental-health-of-hospital-workers-after-mass-casualty-events-a-social-work-imperative
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Erika L Sabbath, Jessica Shaw, Andrea Stidsen, Dean Hashimoto
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 26, 2018: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29626139/manchester-arena-bombing-lessons-learnt-from-a-mass-casualty-incident
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Ross J Craigie, P J Farrelly, R Santos, S R Smith, J S Pollard, D J Jones
On 22 May 2017 Salman Abedi detonated an improvised explosive device in the Manchester Arena resulting in 23 deaths (including the attacker). This was the deadliest terrorist attack on UK soil since the 2005 London bombings, but was only one of five mass casualty terrorist attacks in the UK in 2017. Preparation for mass casualty incidents (MCI) is obligatory, involving such methods as multiagency tabletop exercises, mock hospital exercises, as well as simulation and training for clinicians in managing the injuries that would be anticipated in such an event...
April 6, 2018: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29604210/a-new-triage-method-for-burn-disasters-fast-triage-in-burns-ftb
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Agnieszka Surowiecka-Pastewka, Wojciech Witkowski, Marek Kawecki
BACKGROUND There are few triage methods based on patient age and extent of burn. However, in case of mass casualties, age might be hard to define. Burn segregation in mass-casualty accidents requires an easy, fast, and effective method. Triage in burns should also segregate casualties requiring treatment in burn centers. The aim of this study was to create a proprietary segregation algorithm dedicated to mass-casualty incidents. MATERIAL AND METHODS A retrospective analysis of 939 burned patients admitted to the Clinical Department of Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Military Institute of Medicine (MIM) in Warsaw and to the Center for the Treatment of Burns (CTB) in Siemianowice Śląskie in 2012 and 2013 was performed...
March 31, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29553040/strategies-for-improved-hospital-response-to-mass-casualty-incidents
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Mersedeh TariVerdi, Elise Miller-Hooks, Thomas Kirsch
Mass casualty incidents are a concern in many urban areas. A community's ability to cope with such events depends on the capacities and capabilities of its hospitals for handling a sudden surge in demand of patients with resource-intensive and specialized medical needs. This paper uses a whole-hospital simulation model to replicate medical staff, resources, and space for the purpose of investigating hospital responsiveness to mass casualty incidents. It provides details of probable demand patterns of different mass casualty incident types in terms of patient categories and arrival patterns, and accounts for related transient system behavior over the response period...
March 19, 2018: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29547543/expanding-understanding-of-response-roles-an-examination-of-immediate-and-first-responders-in-the-united-states
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Curtis Harris, Kelli McCarthy, E Liang Liu, Kelly Klein, Raymond Swienton, Parker Prins, Tawny Waltz
2017 was a record year for disasters and disaster response in the U.S. Redefining and differentiating key response roles like "immediate responders" and "first responders" is critical. Traditional first responders are not and cannot remain the only cadre of expected lifesavers following a mass casualty event. The authors argue that the U.S. needs to expand its understanding of response roles to include that of the immediate responders, or those individuals who find themselves at the incident scene and are able to assist others...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29524836/disaster-education-and-preparedness-in-the-acute-care-setting-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-operating-theatre-nurse-s-disaster-knowledge-and-education
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Olivia Sonneborn, Charne Miller, Leon Head, Rachel Cross
BACKGROUND: Operating theatre services can be heavily relied upon during mass casualty disaster events, which require nurses to have adequate training and education of hospital disaster management plans to respond appropriately. The evidence-base of disaster preparedness in the acute setting is limited, particularly with regard to operating theatre nurses. OBJECTIVES: Explore operating theatre nurse's disaster knowledge of their role in a mass casualty event, and identify the preferred mode of disaster education and training to improve disaster preparedness...
June 2018: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29496203/the-halifax-explosion-a-century-later-lessons-for-our-time
#9
Preston L Carter
A brief historical account of the Halifax Explosion, one of North America's greatest mass urban trauma casualty events of the 20th century. This disaster, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was the result of the cataclysmic explosion of a fully loaded World War I munitions ship on the densely waterfront of that city, resulting in nearly 2000 fatalities and 9000 injured. It remains a case study in response to disasters which overwhelm local medical capabilities.
May 2018: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29489405/imaging-patterns-of-injuries-after-the-2015-amtrak-philadelphia-train-derailment
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Anup K Bhattacharya, Sarah Fenerty, Omer A Awan, Beverly Hershey, Gary Cohen, Padmaja Jonnalagadda, Stephen Ling, Sayed Ali
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to describe the injury patterns observed in the 2015 Philadelphia Amtrak train derailment. CONCLUSION: Fractures accounted for most observed injuries, but uncommon and potentially serious injuries included posterior sternoclavicular dislocation and mesenteric contusion. Imaging plays a critical role in the triage of patients during mass-casualty events, and familiarity with the injury patterns associated with high-velocity unrestrained blunt force trauma will aid diagnosis in any future similar occurrence...
May 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29462083/tourniquet-usage-in-pre-hospital-care-and-resuscitation-of-pediatric-trauma-patients-pediatric-trauma-society-position-statement
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Aaron Cunningham, Marc Auerbach, Mark Cicero, Mubeen Jafri
BACKGROUND: Recent mass casualty events in the United States have highlighted the need for public preparedness to prevent death from uncontrolled hemorrhage. The Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS) reviewed the literature regarding pediatric tourniquet usage with the aim to provide recommendations about the utility of this adjunct for hemorrhage control in children. METHODS: Search terms "pediatric" and "tourniquet" were used to query the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health for pertinent literature...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439371/automated-triage-parameters-estimation-from-ecg
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Monika Simjanoska, Bojana Koteska, Ana Madevska Bogdanova, Nevena Ackovska, Vladimir Trajkovik, Magdalena Kostoska
Low-cost biosensors combined with low-cost portable devices can be very useful in time critical situations of mass casualties, when fast triage procedure must be attained. A methodology that uses ECG to derive the vital parameters (heart rate and respiratory rate) needed for the triage procedure is presented and it is aimed to leverage affordable low-cost equipment that can be easily utilized by urgent medical units or even volunteers in events of considerable number of injured civilians. The methodology relies on selected well-known and published algorithms for heart rate and respiratory rate derivation from a given ECG signal...
2018: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425472/the-use-of-field-triage-in-disaster-and-mass-casualty-incidents-a-survey-of-current-practices-by-ems-personnel
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Kevin Ryan, Douglas George, James Liu, Patricia Mitchell, Kerrie Nelson, Ricky Kue
BACKGROUND: Mass casualty incident (MCI) triage and the use of triage tags to assign treatment priorities are not fully implemented despite emergency medical services (EMS) personnel training during drills and exercises. OBJECTIVES: To compare current field triage practices during both training and actual MCIs and identify any potential barriers to use. METHODS: During training sessions from November 2015 through March 2016, an anonymous survey was distributed to personnel in 3 distinct types of paid full-time EMS systems: Boston EMS (2-tiered, municipal third-service); Portland Fire Department (fire department-based ALS); and Stokes County EMS (county-based ALS) combined with Forsyth County EMS (county-based ALS)...
February 9, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29396388/the-significance-of-witness-sensors-for-mass-casualty-incidents-and-epidemic-outbreaks
#14
Chih-Long Pan, Chih-Hao Lin, Yan-Ren Lin, Hsin-Yu Wen, Jet-Chau Wen
Due to the increasing number of natural and man-made disasters, mass casualty incidents occur more often than ever before. As a result, health care providers need to adapt in order to cope with the overwhelming patient surge. To ensure quality and safety in health care, accurate information in pandemic disease control, death reduction, and health quality promotion should be highlighted. However, obtaining precise information in real time is an enormous challenge to all researchers of the field. In this paper, innovative strategies are presented to develop a sound information network using the concept of "witness sensors...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29393307/ghost-attack-the-east-providence-carbon-monoxide-mass-casualty-incident
#15
Catherine Cummings, James Monti, Leo Kobayashi, John Potvin, Kenneth Williams, Francis Sullivan
A routine call for a common medical emergency was expeditiously identified by the responding emergency medical service as a multiple victim carbon monoxide exposure. The event circumstances, exemplary fire department emergency medical services response, and ensuing hos- pital emergency department response are described. [Full article available at http://rimed.org/rimedicaljournal-2018-02.asp].
February 2, 2018: Rhode Island Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280344/crash-simulation-an-immersive-learning-model
#16
John Wenham, Paul Bennett, Wendy Gleeson
BACKGROUND: Far West New South Wales Local Emergency Management Committee runs an annual crash simulation exercise to assess the operational readiness of all local emergency services to coordinate and manage a multi-casualty exercise. CONTEXT: Since 2009, the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) has collaborated with the committee, enabling the inclusion of health students in this exercise. It is an immersive interprofessional learning experience that evaluates teamwork, communication and safe effective clinical trauma management outside the hospital setting...
December 26, 2017: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258727/the-role-of-preliminary-hospitals-in-the-management-of-a-mass-burn-casualty-disaster
#17
Ling-Wei Kuo, Cheng-I Yen, Chih-Yuan Fu, Chun-Hao Pan, Chih-Po Hsu, Yen-Chang Hsiao, Chi-Hsun Hsieh, Yu-Pao Hsu
PURPOSE: The Formosa Fun Coast explosion is an internationally-known event that occurred in Taiwan on June 27th, 2015. The blast involved 495 casualties in total, with 253 patients receiving 2nd degree or deeper burns on greater than 40% of the total body surface area (TBSA). Questions were raised regarding whether these victims were sent to the appropriate hospitals or not. Therefore, we analyzed the effect of the initial admission destination in this study. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all of the victims from the explosion who were sent to the emergency department of Linkou and Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospitals...
December 16, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198239/medical-response-to-the-tianjin-explosions-lessons-learned
#18
Jin-Jun Zhang, Tian-Bing Wang, Da Fan, Jun Zhang, Bao-Guo Jiang
BACKGROUND: On August 12, 2015, a hazardous chemical explosion occurred in the Tianjin Port of China. The explosions resulted in 165 deaths, 8 missing people, injuries to thousands of people. We present the responses of emergency medical services and hospitals to the explosions and summarize the lessons that can be learned. METHODS: This study was a retrospective analysis of the responses of emergency medical services and hospitals to the Tianjin explosions. Data on injuries, outcomes, and patient flow were obtained from the government and the hospitals...
December 4, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197316/developing-a-mass-casualty-surge-capacity-protocol-for-emergency-medical-services-to-use-for-patient-distribution
#19
Samuel E Shartar, Brooks L Moore, Lori M Wood
OBJECTIVES: Metropolitan areas must be prepared to manage large numbers of casualties related to a major incident. Most US cities do not have adequate trauma center capacity to manage large-scale mass casualty incidents (MCIs). Creating surge capacity requires the distribution of casualties to hospitals that are not designated as trauma centers. Our objectives were to extrapolate MCI response research into operational objectives for MCI distribution plan development; formulate a patient distribution model based on research, hospital capacities, and resource availability; and design and disseminate a casualty distribution tool for use by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to distribute patients to the appropriate level of care...
December 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189694/committee-opinion-no-726-hospital-disaster-preparedness-for-obstetricians-and-facilities-providing-maternity-care
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Large-scale catastrophic events and infectious disease outbreaks highlight the need for disaster planning at all community levels. Features unique to the obstetric population (including antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and neonatal care) warrant special consideration in the event of a disaster. Pregnancy increases the risks of untoward outcomes from various infectious diseases. Trauma during pregnancy presents anatomic and physiologic considerations that often can require increased use of resources such as higher rates of cesarean delivery...
December 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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