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Mil Med. 2007 Mar;172(3):237-43.

Creating order from chaos: part II: tactical planning for mass casualty and disaster response at definitive care facilities.

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Department of Surgery, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, CA 94598, USA.


Current events highlight the need for disaster preparedness. We have seen tsunamis, hurricanes, terrorism, and combat in the news every night. There are many variables in a disaster, such as damage to facilities, loss of critical staff members, and overwhelming numbers of casualties. Each medical treatment facility should have a plan for everything from caring for staff members to getting the laundry done and providing enhanced security or mortuary services. Communication and agreements with local, regional, and federal agencies are vital. Then we must train and drill to shape the tools to impose order on chaos and to provide the most care to the greatest number.

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