Medical Disaster Response: A Survival Guide for Hospitals in Mass Casualty Events

David Goldschmitt, Robert Bonvino

May 22, 2009 by CRC Press
Reference - 864 Pages - 57 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420061222 - CAT# 61224


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  • Provides a complete reference on disaster response management for hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Covers the unique planning and clinical response issues required for both natural and manmade disasters
  • Explores disaster capacity, target risk score, hazard vulnerability analysis, and other facets of disaster planning
  • Presents case studies of recent large-scale disasters and the subsequent responses of the medical communities
  • Addresses the unique challenges caused by the threat of weapons of mass destruction


While the job of a clinician in a disaster scenario is to save lives without regard for the cause or rationale for the injury, medical and emergency professionals who understand the diverse aspects of a disaster are better equipped to respond effectively. Giving emergency personnel the tools they need to perform in catastrophic situations, Medical Disaster Response: A Survival Guide for Hospitals in Mass Casualty Events addresses the critical planning and response issues surrounding a mass casualty disaster before, during, and after the event.

The book presents the fundamental components of a comprehensive medical disaster management plan that provides readers with a framework for developing individual policies to suit their particular institution. It examines natural, man-made, and terrorist disasters, and offers insight into the different strategies required for distinct scenarios, as well as the need to be prepared for the cascade effect of secondary events resulting from the original disaster.

Real case studies examining medical disaster response

This volume provides a powerful and unique case example through a chronology of the events of September 11th, offering a firsthand account and insight into the quintessential test case for disaster response effectiveness. It also profiles other notorious events—including Hurricane Katrina, the Madrid bombings, the SARS outbreak in 2004, and the sarin gas attack in Tokyo in 2005—as seen through the eyes of the expert contributors who witnessed and responded to these tragedies.

The book presents the lessons learned from these events by the contributing authors who acted on the front lines of the medical disaster response. It is a valuable reference manual for emergency planning, response, and healthcare professionals to confront future disasters and help prevent and mitigate destruction and unnecessary casualties.