Prehospital Planning and Response to Sudden Mass Casualty Incidents

  • Mauricio LynnEmail author


This section describes important topics of the planning of the response for the first responders, in particular the emergency medical services (EMS), to a sudden mass casualty incident (SMCI).

The section includes the prehospital phases of a sudden mass casualty incident (SMCI), discusses the limitations of deploying a scene incident command (SIC) and regional emergency operations center (REOC) for this type of events, stressing the importance of a coordinated communication system.

Finally, the section introduces a new concept such as “Save and Run” and discusses the pitfalls of patient tracking at the scene of the incident and the importance of patient tracking at the hospital.


Prehospital Incident command Communications Emergency Operations Center Triage Bystanders 

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© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Department of SurgeryMiamiUSA

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