Mass Casualties Management in Low-Income Countries

  • Paola Fugazzola
  • Federico Coccolini
  • Cecilia Merli
  • Emiliano Gamberini
  • Vanni Agnoletti
  • Luca Ansaloni
Part of the Hot Topics in Acute Care Surgery and Trauma book series (HTACST)


The terms disaster and mass casualty incident (MCI) are often used as synonyms, but they describe different entities in terms of discrepancy between the number of victims and the treatment capacity of the community [1]. In MCI, the number of casualties may strain the responding facilities, but resources are sufficient to cope without outside support. A disaster is a catastrophic event which disrupts the social and community infrastructures and extraordinary means are necessary to cope it, resulting in the need for support from the outside [1].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paola Fugazzola
    • 1
  • Federico Coccolini
    • 1
  • Cecilia Merli
    • 2
  • Emiliano Gamberini
    • 3
  • Vanni Agnoletti
    • 3
  • Luca Ansaloni
    • 1
  1. 1.Unit of General and Emergency SurgeryBufalini Hospital, AUSL RomagnaCesenaItaly
  2. 2.Unit of Emergency MedicineBufalini Hospital, AUSL RomagnaCesenaItaly
  3. 3.Unit of Anesthesia and Intensive CareBufalini Hospital, AUSL RomagnaCesenaItaly

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