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J Intensive Care Med. 2012 Feb;27(1):3-10. doi: 10.1177/0885066610393639. Epub 2011 Jan 10.

Critical care management of major disasters: a practical guide to disaster preparation in the intensive care unit.

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Department of Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA 98431, USA.


Recent events and regulatory mandates have underlined the importance of medical planning and preparedness for catastrophic events. The purpose of this review is to provide a brief summary of current commonly identified threats, an overview of mass critical care management, and a discussion of resource allocation to provide the intensive care unit (ICU) director with a practical guide to help prepare and coordinate the activities of the multidisciplinary critical care team in the event of a disaster.

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