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Data Sources for the At-Risk Community-Dwelling Patient Population

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Table 1. Patient Care Needs in the Event that Services are Disrupted During a Mass Casualty Event

Patient Needs

Patient Groups

Functional Needs

Mobility limitations (wheelchair or bedbound)

Activities of daily life limitations (bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting)

Medical Needs


Intravenous infusions/enteral nutrition

Complex wound care

Insulin injections

Urinary catheter/colostomy

Severe respiratory problems

Specialized medical equipment (ventilators, ventricular assist devices)

Schedule II controlled substances


Terminal illness

Early discharge

Psychosocial Needs

Mental illness, cognitive impairment, or developmental delay

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