Trauma Centers: Prepare for Mass Casualty Incidents by Understanding the 10 Predictable Stages of Disruption

By: Guest Author | Posted on: Jan 17, 2017

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Mass casualty incidents (MCIs) seem to strike at random. That is one reason why these incidents — particularly mass shootings — are so frightening. But while the timing and location of most MCIs are unpredictable, the way these events play out at a trauma center is not.

Longstanding research shows that no MCI is truly unique — whether it is a natural disaster such as an earthquake, hurricane, flood or tornado, or the result of human violence. At the receiving hospital, an MCI triggers a sequence of disruptions that follow a predictable pattern.

Not every disruption occurs in every event, but all of them are possible. And the larger the MCI, the more likely it is that the trauma center will experience every one of these problems:...

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