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Terror* and ems or prehospital or ambulance

Dagan Schwartz, Moshe Pinkert, Adi Leiba, Meir Oren, Jacob Haspel, Yehezkel Levi, Avishay Goldberg, Yaron Bar-Dayan
INTRODUCTION: Mass-casualty incidents (MCIs) can occur outside of major metropolitan areas. In such circumstances, the nearest hospital seldom is a Level-1 Trauma Center. Moreover, emergency medical services (EMS) capabilities in such areas tend to be limited, which may compromise prehospital care and evacuation speed. The objective of this study was to extract lessons learned from the medical response to a terrorist event that occurred in the marketplace of a small Israeli town on 26 October 2005...
January 2007: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Sharon Einav, Zvi Feigenberg, Charles Weissman, Daniel Zaichik, Guy Caspi, Doron Kotler, Herbert R Freund
OBJECTIVE: To assess evacuation priorities during terror-related mass casualty incidents (MCIs) and their implications for hospital organization/contingency planning. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Trauma guidelines recommend evacuation of critically injured patients to Level I trauma centers. The recent MCIs in Israel offered an opportunity to study the impositions placed on a prehospital emergency medical service (EMS) regarding evacuation priorities in these circumstances...
March 2004: Annals of Surgery
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