Systematic Review of Strategies to Manage and Allocate Scarce Resources During Mass Casualty Events
Timbie, J.W., Ringel, J.S., Fox, D.S., et al. (2013). Systematic Review of Strategies to Manage and Allocate Scarce Resources During Mass Casualty Events. (Abstract only.) Annals of Emergency Medicine. 61 (6): 677-689.
The authors performed a comprehensive literature review on evidence-based practices related to scarce resource allocation. They provide a methodologically rigorous review of existing strategies, and highlight the paucity of two evidence-based approaches: 1) the development of “points of distribution” can be used to efficiently distribute medical countermeasures in the aftermath of a large scale biological event, and 2) commonly used field triage systems do not perform consistently during actual mass casualty events.