Sorting It All Out: Triage, CERT, and EMS

by Joseph Cahill -

Community Emergency Response Team members are often the only medical "reserve" available to a community hit by a mass-casualty incident. But, like the medical professionals they are helping, they face some difficult questions impossible to answer.

Politics and Science: A Glowing Combination?

by Jerry Mothershead -

How does a democracy work? Not always quite the way it should, particularly when substantive evidence has been presented for only one side of an issue and the media compensates by giving more, and more favorable, publicity to the other side.

Military and Civilian Burn Management: Lessons Learned

by Christopher S. Holland -

The U.S. military and civilian medical communities mingle, mix, and learn from one another, particularly in the highly specialized, but extremely important, field of burn care.

Plan Nationally, Respond Locally

by Joseph Cahill -

Flexibility, common sense, and operational efficiency are the hallmarks of the new National Response Framework, which builds on the solid but sometimes too rigid foundation of its predecessor doctrine, the National Response Plan.

Developing Competency for Disaster Medical Response Situations

by Michael Allswede -

The treatment of victims of mass-casualty incidents is probably the greatest challenge facing the U.S. medical community - but, in most of the nation's medical schools, ranks lowest on the academic priority list.

Excellence in Education: Georgia's New CHEC Course

by Gina Piazza -

The duties & responsibilities of hospital emergency coordinators are extremely complex and specialized. A new course of studies sponsored by the Georgia Department of Human Resources provides the framework needed for three levels of CHEC certification.

The Design of the Future U.S. Hospital System

by James J. Augustine -

U.S. healthcare officials, working in close cooperation with long-range planners & political decision makers, are already pondering what the nation's future hospital infrastructure should look like. Here are some ideas to consider.

Fleet Decontamination During a Pandemic

by Joseph Cahill -

Decontamination, disinfection, and the use of liquid hand cleaners - all are among the most important "weapons" in the first-responder community's fight against a potential flu pandemic. And it's a battle to the death. Literally.

WebEOC Fusion for Disasters and Everyday Use

by Joseph Cahill -

Flexibility, versatility, and a quantum upgrade in overall capabilities are the biggest selling points of ESi's newest WebEOC system, unveiled last month at the company's fourth annual User Conference in Boston.

Mass-Fatality Management Planning - A Hospital Perspective

by Craig DeAtley -

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.