Toxicological mass disaster management – a hospital deployment scheme

J. Baniel*, Z. Ram, A. Kami, D. Schindel

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Abstract

Toxicological mass disasters have occurred frequently in past years and constitute a permanent threat in urban areas. From the standpoint of hospital planning, special consideration is required to treat a large number of poisoned casualties in a relatively short period. Several unique medical aspects characterize toxicological mass disasters: casualties present a single disease entity with many “borderline” cases, most medical personnel are unfamiliar with the problem and casualties present a potential contamination hazard to the hospital. A hospital deployment scheme is presented recommending Decontamination, Triage and simple Treatment Algorithms to meet the medical and organizational challenge of such a mass casualty situation. A further specific deployment scheme for treatment of organophosphorus agents poisoning is described to illustrate the principles presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-231
Number of pages2
JournalDisasters
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1986

Keywords

  • Hospital deployment scheme
  • Mass casualties
  • Organophosphate poisoning
  • Toxicological disasters
  • Treatment algorithms

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