|Establishing a Mass Casualty Management System (PAHO-OPS, 1995, 58 p.)|
"Specific problems require specific solutions" is an understatement. When resources are limited, as outlined above, it is necessary to develop a mass casualty management approach that encompasses the limitations imposed by actual circumstances. The organization implemented must allow an effective transition from good daily rescue and care procedures to mass casualty management, maximizing the use of limited existing resources. The development of such a set of connected parts functioning together for a particular goal will constitute a Mass Casualty Management System.
The objective of this manual is to provide the necessary guidelines to assist senior emergency personnel in establishing a Mass Casualty Management System based on:
- Good daily emergency services
- Good daily coordination procedures
- Fast and efficient transition from routine procedures to mass casualty management
- Well-established mass casualty management procedures