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Mobilizing Mobile Medical Units for Hurricane Relief: The United States Public Health Service and Broward County Health Department Response to Hurricane Wilma, Broward County, Florida

Taylor, M., Stokes, W., Bajuscak, R., and Shekar, S. (2016). Mobilizing Mobile Medical Units for Hurricane Relief: The United States Public Health Service and Broward County Health Department Response to Hurricane Wilma, Broward County, Florida. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 13(5):447-52.

This article describes the lessons learned from the nine mobile medical vans deployed during Hurricane Wilma. It includes data from the type of medical evaluations provided, other services (e.g., syndromic surveillance), and common presenting complaints by patients. Of particular interest may be the types of treatment services provided and a list of key lessons learned such as using the Incident Command System (ICS), using redundant communications, developing a protocol for credentialing prior to deployment, and the different responders in addition to medical providers involved.
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