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Disaster management

Edited by Dr J. Christopher Farmer

This series of articles in Critical Care has not been sponsored. All articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer review process overseen by the Series Editor, with final decisions made by the Editor in Chief. The Series Editor and Editor in Chief declare no competing interests.

  1. Content type: Review

    Catastrophic disasters, particularly a pandemic of influenza, may force difficult allocation decisions when demand for mechanical ventilation greatly exceeds available resources. These situations demand integr...

    Authors: John L Hick, Lewis Rubinson, Daniel T O'Laughlin and J Christopher Farmer

    Citation: Critical Care 2007 11:217

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  2. Content type: Review

    Over the past four years there have been 93 multiple-casualty terrorist attacks in Israel, 33 of them in Jerusalem. The Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center is the only Level I trauma center in Jerusalem ...

    Authors: Gabriella Aschkenasy-Steuer, Micha Shamir, Avraham Rivkind, Rami Mosheiff, Yigal Shushan, Guy Rosenthal, Yoav Mintz, Charles Weissman, Charles L Sprung and Yoram G Weiss

    Citation: Critical Care 2005 9:490

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  3. Content type: Commentary

    We recommend several actions that could improve hospitals' abilities to deliver critical care during epidemics involving large numbers of victims. In the absence of careful pre-event planning, demand for criti...

    Authors: Lewis Rubinson and Tara O'Toole

    Citation: Critical Care 2005 9:311

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  4. Content type: Review

    Determine the effectiveness of decontamination, and perform thorough dry or wet decontamination, depending on the circumstances. Always remain cognizant of the fact that, even after decontamination has been co...

    Authors: Sumie Okumura, Tetsu Okumura, Shinichi Ishimatsu, Kunihisa Miura, Hiroshi Maekawa and Toshio Naito

    Citation: Critical Care 2005 9:397

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  5. Content type: Commentary

    Disaster medical response has historically focused on the pre-hospital and initial treatment needs of casualties. In particular, the critical care component of many disaster response plans is incomplete. Equal...

    Authors: Saqib I Dara, Rendell W Ashton and J Christopher Farmer

    Citation: Critical Care 2005 9:125

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  6. Content type: Review

    Disaster management plans have traditionally been required to manage major traumatic events that create a large number of victims. Infectious diseases, whether they be natural (e.g. SARS [severe acute respirat...

    Authors: Laura Hawryluck, Stephen E Lapinsky and Thomas E Stewart

    Citation: Critical Care 2005 9:384

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  7. Content type: Review

    At 07:39 on 11 March 2004, 10 terrorist bomb explosions occurred almost simultaneously in four commuter trains in Madrid, Spain, killing 177 people instantly and injuring more than 2000. There were 14 subseque...

    Authors: J Peral Gutierrez de Ceballos, F Turégano-Fuentes, D Perez-Diaz, M Sanz-Sanchez, C Martin-Llorente and JE Guerrero-Sanz

    Citation: Critical Care 2004 9:104

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