What is Mass Casualty Management?

Mass Casualty Management is the care and transport of casualties when the number of casualties exceed available resources.

This means changing not only the response plan but the focus as well. In day-to-day operations resources are dedicated to care for individual patients. In mass casualty care, resources are distributed to care for the group.

In a healthcare facility setting the terms surge and surge capacity are often used. Surge is defined as a sudden or unexpected increase in patient volume, typically over a short period of time and due to a specific incident or incidents. Surge capacity is a measurement of the physical and personnel assets available to handle a surge.


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