Integrated Emergency Management for Mass Casualty Emergencies

Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Training Course on Integrated Emergency Management for Mass Casualty Emergencies organized by CESPRO, University of Florence, Italy


Alexander, D.,
Masini, E.,
Mugnai, L.

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Responses to major disasters tend to be complex, not merely because of the size and scale of operations and the number of countries and agencies involved, but also because of the range of functions represented by these organizations. A full-scale emergency response can involve people trained in at least 35 different disciplines and professions. This increasing sophistication of modern emergency response makes the process of coordination a particularly challenging one. It involves matching urgent needs with available resources in the most rapid and efficient way possible: timely mobilization and quick action can reduce injury and loss of life, as well as damage. Emergency response management has been likened to conducting a symphony orchestra. Only the conductor has the full score, but the overall effect of many people playing different instruments can be wonderful if properly directed. Professionalization of response and management is key.
This book, Integrated Emergency Management for Mass Casualty Emergencies, presents papers from experts in the field which explore the challenges of planning for and responding to mass casualty emergencies. There are several chapters covering hospital procedure – including field hospitals and hospital evacuation – as well as natural and man-made casualty events, and the final chapter presents ‘Auxilium!’, a training simulation game. There is a clear need to improve management and integration in emergency response.

This book will be of interest to all those whose work may involve them in preparing for and dealing with a disaster situation.

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