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Managing Multiple-Casualty Incidents: A Rural Medical Preparedness Training Assessment

Glow, S.D., Colucci, V.J., Allington, D.R., et al. (2013). Managing Multiple-Casualty Incidents: A Rural Medical Preparedness Training Assessment. (Abstract only.) Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 28(4):334-41.

The authors evaluated the effectiveness of a training model for using mass-casualty incident (MCI) scenarios that trained hospital and prehospital staff together during a one-day training comprised of 2 one-hour functional exercises; 4 distinct, one-hour didactic instructional periods (communications, National Incident Management Systems/Incident Command Systems (NIMS/ICS) and professional roles and responsibilities in NIMS and triage); and 2 MCI functional exercises. Improvements in post-test scores were noted for participants from all disciplines and in all didactic areas. Based on these results, the authors advocate for multidisciplinary MCI training that utilizes real data about a community’s response resources.
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