Engendering enthusiasm for sustainable disaster critical care response: Why this is of consequence to critical care professionals?

Saqib I. Dara, Rendell W. Ashton, J. Christopher Farmer

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Abstract

Disaster medical response has historically focused on the prehospital and initial treatment needs of casualties. In particular, the critical care component of many disaster response plans is incomplete. Equally important, routinely available critical care resources are almost always insufficient to respond to disasters that generate anything beyond a 'modest' casualty stream. Large-scale monetary funding to effectively remedy these shortfalls is unavailable. Education, training, and improved planning are our most effective initial steps. We suggest several areas for further development, including dual usage of resources that may specifically augment critical care disaster medical capabilities over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-127
Number of pages3
JournalCritical Care
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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