Responsibility for the Delivery of Emergency Medical Services in a Mass Casualty Situation: The Problem of Overlapping Jurisdictions
Neff, Joan L.
Disaster Research Center
The delivery of emergency medical services (EMS) to victims of traffic accidents, fires, heart attacks, etc., takes place each day on a routine basis throughout the country. In the vast majority of cases to which an EMS system responds, only one, or at most three or four, victims require treatment simultaneously. There may be busy nights or certain peak hours during which rescue units and ambulances respond to one call after another and hospital staff work continuously, but, for the most part, an EMS system is primarily designed to handle emergencies involving only a handful of victims at any one time
EMS , emergency medical services , mass casuality situations