EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

  When two pressure cooker bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon in 2013, three people died, and hundreds more were injured. The death toll would likely have been much higher if it were not for the swift actions of the boots on the ground, the 911 operators’ effective handling of the calls, and the utilization of the Disaster Radio Network to facilitate patient care and inter-facility communications between the scene and medical receiving facilities. The…

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Support and Planning Inside 911 Centers

In an emergency, call 911. This simple instruction is easy to remember, but many do not know about the people, training, and technology required to make this lifesaving tool available 24-7. Learn about what happens inside the four walls of an emergency communications center and the strategic planning every community
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Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

Imagine 3,500 spiders, each with their own style, getting together to create a giant web. That’s how this author describes the U.S. power grid and the complexities related to protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks.
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Beyond Patient Care: Family Reunification Planning for Hospitals

To meet a community’s mass care family reunification needs after a disaster, hospitals and other healthcare facilities must have plans and procedures in place for mass casualty incident response, which goes beyond patient care. Here are some recommendations for them to develop a collaborative strategic plan.

Multimodal Transportation Perspectives

Without transportation and communications, emergency response can move at an uncomfortably slow pace, enough so that life, property, and the environment may be unnecessarily compromised. The integrated transportation network must be protected from threats and other risks.

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The Race to Interoperability

The Boston Marathon Bombing demonstrated the dedication, commitment, and strength of those who responded that day. The lessons learned from that event continue to strengthen

Healthcare and Public Health Sector Perspectives

According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Health Expenditures (NHE) accounted for $4.3 trillion, or 18.3% of the U.S. gross domestic

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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

  When two pressure cooker bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon in 2013, three people died, and hundreds more were injured. The death toll would likely have been much higher if it were not for the swift actions of the boots on the ground, the 911 operators’ effective handling of the calls, and the utilization of the Disaster Radio Network to facilitate patient care and inter-facility communications between the scene and medical receiving facilities. The…

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Biosafety Laboratory Issues and Failures

Concerns regarding unexpected biological incidents and their public health implications were discussed in a 2014 Domestic Preparedness biosecurity and bioterrorism article. From the improper possession

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