Learning Objectives: 1) Identify infections capable of causing mass casualties & describe their etiologies, manifestations, diagnosis, management & prevention. 2) Describe strategies & devices to prevent communication of infections to caregivers, patients & the environment. 3) Identify chemical agents capable of causing mass casualties & describe their likely sources, effects, manifestations & management of chemically contaminated patients. 4) Identify the sources of mass casualty radiation events & describe the effects, manifestations & management of radiation injuries. 5) Identify sources of blast injuries & describe the types of injuries, their manifestations & their management. 6) Describe major types of natural disasters, their associated types of injuries, their manifestations & management. 7) Discuss problems associated with healthcare delivery in natural disasters, including those associated with transportation & destruction of physical facilities. 8) Distinguish among conventional, contingency, crisis modes within a healthcare facility with respect to space, staffing, equipment & supplies. 9) Describe preparations & response strategies for mass casualty situations with respect to respiratory care equipment & supplies, including oxygen & mechanical ventilators.
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