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Proactive Standards Development for Emergency Responders

Anything worth doing is worth doing well – and in accordance with established standards not only acceptable to experienced professionals but also recognized by the community at large as both valid and necessary.

Mass-Fatality Management Planning - A Hospital Perspective

Most U.S. hospitals & other healthcare facilities focus their efforts on saving lives & helping those who are seriously injured. The handling of the dead, sometimes a large number at the same time, is a different but almost equally important skill.

The Myth of the Cordon Sanitaire

The operational as well as theoretical concept of the “cordon sanitaire” – a French phrase literally translated as “quarantine line” – is one of containment. Originally, cordon sanitaire referred to the segregation of persons suffering from communicable and untreatable diseases from their healthy fellow citizens through use of a physical demarcation of some type – a wall or fence, for example.

Crowd-Control Challenges in Pandemic Emergencies

The widespread outbreak of an infectious disease poses tremendous challenges for all disciplines in the emergency-services community. Pandemic emergencies are generally regarded as a significant public-health problem, but it is

Resource-Typing Implications for EMS and Emergency Management

Attention to detail is frequently the principal difference between the success, or failure, of any human endeavor. That is particularly true in times of sudden disaster, when “mere words” – precisely expressed – may have life-or-death implications.
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