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Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Providing Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources

Slide Presentation by Edward Gabriel, M.P.A., AEMT-P

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Broadcast on November 29, 2006, the Web conference Providing Mass Medical Care With Scarce Resources: Strategies and Tools for Community Planners gave an overview of the community planning guide and provided planners at the institutional, State, and Federal levels with valuable insights and information that will help them plan for and respond to a Mass Casualty Event (MCE).

Edward Gabriel, Director of Crisis Management for the Walt Disney Corporation, delivered a presentation during the conference entitled Prehospital Care. This is the text version of Mr. Gabriel's slide presentation. Select to access the PowerPoint® Slides (100 KB).

Prehospital Care

Slide 1

Prehospital Care

Edward Gabriel, M.P.A., AEMT-P.
Director of Crisis Management
Walt Disney Corporation

Slide 2

Prehospital Care: The Main Issue for Planners

In the event of a Catastrophic MCE, the emergency medical services, EMS, systems will be called on to provide first-responder rescue, assessment, care, and transportation and access to the emergency medical health care system.

The bulk of EMS in this country is provided through a complex system of highly variable organizational structures.

Slide 3

Recommendations: EMS Planners

Plan and implement strategies to maximize to the extent possible:

  • Use and availability of EMS personnel.
  • Transport capacity.
  • Role of dispatch and Public Safety Answering Points.

Slide 4

Recommendations: EMS Planners

Mutual aid agreements or interstate compacts to:

  • Address licensure and indemnification matters regarding responders.
  • Address memoranda of understanding, MOU's, among public, volunteer, and private ambulance services.
  • Coordinate response to potential MCEs.

Slide 5

Recommendations: EMS Planners

  • Use natural opportunities to exercise disaster planning.
  • Develop strategies to identify large numbers of young children who may be separated from parents.
  • Develop strategies to identify and respond to vulnerable populations.

Slide 6

Recommendations: EMS Planners

  • Develop partnerships with Federal, State, and local stakeholders to clarify roles, resources, and responses to potential MCEs.
  • Improve communication and coordination strategies and backup plans.
  • Exercise, evaluate, modify, and refine MCE plans.

Slide 7

Forging Partnerships at All Levels

  • “Emergency management is really about building relationships, whether you are in the public or private sector.”
  • And in building those relationships, it is important to remember not to tell, but to talk.


Current as of November 2006

Internet Citation:

Prehospital Care. Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Providing Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources. Web Conference, broadcast on November 29, 2006. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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