Provides step-by-step guidance on all aspects of the management of mass casualty incidents
Preface.- Mass Casualty Incident - definitions and current reality.- Surge capacity and the concept of triage hospital.- Common wounding mechanisms and injury patterns.- EMS setup and field triage.- Emergency Department setup.- Clinical evaluation in MCI setting.- Administration, media, victim identification, family support, information center.- Nursing in MCI.- Auxiliary clinical diagnostics.- Conventional and Interventional radiology in MCI.- Operating Room (OR) setup, resource and demands.- Prioritization surgeries and damage control strategy.- Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - resources and demands.- The pediatric patient in MCI.- Tertiary survey.- Non-conventional threats in the civilian medical arena.- Managing MCI in low resource setting.- Mass Casualties Incident- education, simulation and training.- Debriefing session- the process of self-evaluation and team restoration.
This manual, written by world opinion leaders in the field, is designed to provide readily accessible, step-by-step guidance on all aspects of the management of mass casualty incidents. Readers will find a wealth of helpful practical suggestions as well as information on the latest relevant scientific advances and their implications. Globally, mass casualty incidents are becoming more frequent even in unexpected places. There is a need for a dependable manual suitable for use by all who must be prepared to face mass casualty incidents, including practicing physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and administrators. This book meets that need. It is the first practical manual to be devoted to the topic, and its portable format will allow it to be kept in the pocket at all times, ready for immediate consultation. The innovative nature of much of the content and the inclusion of up-to-date literature reviews ensure that the manual will remain relevant for years to come.