Decision-support information system to manage mass casualty incidents at a level 1 trauma center

Yaron Bar-El, Sara Tzafrir, Idan Tzipori, Liora Utitz, Michael Halberthal, Rafael Beyar, Shimon Reisner

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Abstract

Mass casualty incidents are probably the greatest challenge to a hospital. When such an event occurs, hospitals are required to instantly switch from their routine activity to conditions of great uncertainty and confront needs that exceed resources. We describe an information system that was uniquely designed for managing mass casualty events. The web-based system is activated when a mass casualty event is declared; it displays relevant operating procedures, checklists, and a log book. The system automatically or semiautomatically initiates phone calls and public address announcements. It collects real-time data from computerized clinical and administrative systems in the hospital, and presents them to the managing team in a clear graphic display. It also generates periodic reports and summaries of available or scarce resources that are sent to predefined recipients. When the system was tested in a nationwide exercise, it proved to be an invaluable tool for informed decision making in demanding and overwhelming situations such as mass casualty events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-554
Number of pages6
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Decision support
  • Information system
  • Mass casualty incidents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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