Preparing for Mass Casualty Events

Joseph McIsaac, Brenda A. Gentz

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There are many forms of mass casualty events, including mass trauma, exposure to radiation and chemical agents, biological exposure (pandemics and bioterrorism), or a combination of insults. The underlying theme is that the number and severity of patients outstrip the resources available. These events are more common than thought. Planning and preparation allow institutions to better respond to the patient surge and thus mitigate the consequences—ultimately saving lives and reducing morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)821-837
Number of pages17
JournalAnesthesiology Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • Biological
  • CBRN
  • Chemical
  • Mass casualties
  • Nuclear
  • Pandemic
  • Radiological
  • SALT triage
  • Simulation exercises

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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