A Guide to Mass Casualty Incidents for Radiology Residents: Strategies, Ethics, Directions
Curr Probl Diagn Radiol . Sep-Oct 2021;50(5):555-559. doi: 10.1067/j.cpradiol.2020.08.003. Epub 2020 Aug 26.
Muhammad Umer Nasir, Poornima Elizabeth Chandy, James Roberts, Siobhán B O'Neill
Mass casualty incidents, by nature of their scale and unpredictability, can rapidly overwhelm health infrastructure. Preparation is the key to managing these crises with the lowest risk to emergency and health personnel, while providing maximal life saving measures. We present an overview of the multitiered planning that should go into forming a well set out emergency response plan and one that is capable of being adapted to a wide range of mass casualty scenarios. We highlight the ethical implications that a healthcare team faces while making challenging decisions rapidly in a high-pressure environment. Radiology trainees should be aware of the response systems in place at their institutions and the role that is expected of them in mass casualty incidents.
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