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Disaster 101: A Novel Approach to Disaster Medicine Training for Health Professionals

Scott, L., Carson, D., Greenwell, I.B. (2010). Disaster 101: A Novel Approach to Disaster Medicine Training for Health Professionals. The Journal of Emergency Medicine. 39(2). 220–226.

Medical students participated in a 90-minute didactic training scenario and 2, 40-minute training exercises (a hazardous material scene and a surprise mass casualty incident (MCI) scenario with 100 life-sized mannequins) added to an existing medical school curriculum. Pre- and post-tests were administered to assess student perceptions and disaster medicine knowledge. Post-test scores improved by 54%; students participating in the MCI drill correctly tagged 94% of the victims in approximately 10 minutes; and participants rated the course very favorably.
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