"Mass casualty incidents (MCIs) encompass any scenario that can dramatically impact emergency medicine or healthcare systems by causing a large number of casualties or other stressors to the system, including personnel, medications, and equipment burden.1 This can include acts of terrorism (eg, explosions, chemical exposures, cyberterrorism), mass-transit incidents, natural disasters (eg, earthquakes, floods), and fires. While health systems, as well as governmental organizations, often proactively develop plans to respond to certain threats, unanticipated barriers to their deployment and confusion surrounding who is ultimately responsible for activating, allocating, and distributing resources may lead to delays that have the potential to adversely impact patient care. Appropriate planning on behalf of local healthcare systems and governments is essential to ensure that patients’ needs are met during these overwhelming events."
Haili Gregory, PharmD, Raniah Aljadeed, PharmD, Dharati Desai, PharmD, Faisal Syed Minhaj, PharmD, Andrew Posen, PharmD, Megan A Rech, PharmD, Andrew P Smith, PharmD, Kyle Weant, PharmD, Kimberly Won, PharmD, David Zimmerman, PharmD, Recommendations for nonantidote medications needed in the emergency department during a mass casualty incident, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 2023;80(12):779–785. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxad062
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