mass casualty

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A term to describe the large numbers of dead and injured victims of a natural or manmade disaster. Situations involving mass casualties call for special methods and procedures, including provision of shelter, methods to dispose of the dead, emergency professional staff and infrastructure support, such as transport and communication facilities, triage to sort victims into those who can be helped by first aid, evacuation to a tertiary hospital, compassionate handling of next of kin, and anticipation and amelioration of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Warfare and Defence.

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