Disaster planning for a surgical surge: when mass trauma threatens to overwhelm your operating rooms

Katherine M. Kelley*, Nicole Toscano, Mark L. Gestring, Jeannette Capella, Christopher Newton, Marko Bukur, David V. Shatz, Robert D. Winfield, Adam Fox, Mary E. Fallat, Deborah A. Kuhls, Galina Glinik, Jay Doucet, Jonathan Gates, Kyle N. Remick

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Abstract

Mass casualty events particularly those requiring multiple simultaneous operating rooms are of increasing concern. Existing literature predominantly focuses on mass casualty care in the emergency department. Hospital disaster plans should include a component focused on preparing for multiple simultaneous operations. When developing this plan, representatives from all segments of the perioperative team should be included. The plan needs to address activation, communication, physical space, staffing, equipment, blood and medications, disposition offloading, special populations, and rehearsal.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere001224
JournalTrauma Surgery and Acute Care Open
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 9 Nov 2023
Externally publishedYes

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