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Prehosp Disaster Med. 2003 Jul-Sep;18(3):235-41.

Mass-casualty, terrorist bombings: implications for emergency department and hospital emergency response (Part II).

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel.


This article reviews the implications of mass-casualty, terrorist bombings for emergency department (ED) and hospital emergency responses. Several practical issues are considered, including the performance of a preliminary needs assessment, the mobilization of human and material resources, the use of personal protective equipment, the organization and performance of triage, the management of explosion-specific injuries, the organization of patient flow through the ED, and the efficient determination of patient disposition. As long as terrorists use explosions to achieve their goals, mass-casualty, terrorist bombings remain a required focus for hospital emergency planning and preparedness.

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