EMS Delivery in Disasters

Taylor, Verta A.
Dynes, Russell R.
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Disaster Research Center
The Disaster Research Center (DRC) at The Ohio State University is conducting a systematic and comparative study of the delivery of emergency medical services (EMS) in large-scale and relatively sudden mass casualty producing situations in the United States. The objective of the research is to establish the nature and parameters of the conditions for, characteristics of, and consequences from the efforts to provide EMS in turbulent social environments such as natural and technological disasters and other catastrophic crisis situations with many victims. The core of the study involved intensive and extensive field work on community health care delivery systems in localities involved in disasters and similar events, as well as on systems likely to have to handle or at least to have to prepare to handle high potential mass casualty events.
EMS , emergency medical services , United States