Mass casualty shootings and emergency preparedness: A multidisciplinary approach for an unpredictable event

Patrick Melmer, Margo Carlin, Christine A. Castater, Deepika Koganti, Stuart D. Hurst, Brett M. Tracy, April A. Grant, Keneeshia Williams, Randi N. Smith, Christopher J. Dente, Jason D. Sciarretta*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Mass casualty events (MCE) are an infrequent occurrence to most daily healthcare systems however these incidents are the causation for new hospital preparedness and the development of coordinated emergency services. The broad support and operational plans outside the hospital include emergency medical services, local law enforcement, government agencies, and city officials. Modern-day hospital disaster preparedness goals include scheduled training for healthcare personnel to ensure effective and accurate triage for a highvolume of injured patients. This MDT collaboration strengthens the emergency response to optimize the delivery of life-saving care during MCEs. This review identifies the clinical importance of the interdisciplinary team interactions and the lessons learned from past MCE experiences, strengthening healthcare system readiness for such critical incidents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1013-1021
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Volume12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mass casualty
  • Mass shooting
  • Multidisciplinary

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