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LLIS Lesson Learned: Family Assistance Centers: On-Site Medical Support   [open pdf - 53KB]

From the Summary: "Family Assistance Centers (FACs) should have on-site medical support during a mass casualty incident (MCI)." From the Description: "The fire that destroyed the Station Club in Warwick, Rhode Island, on February 20, 2003, resulted in 96 deaths and more than 200 injuries. The next morning, a FAC was established to meet the immediate needs of victims and their families. Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel from the Warwick Fire Department were originally tasked with handling medical emergencies at the FAC. However, they were too exhausted from treating fire victims and were soon replaced by Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) personnel. While at the FAC, DMAT physicians worked with nurses and paramedics to treat family members with headaches, emotional distress, and minor maladies. Only one such person, a pregnant woman experiencing abdominal pain, required transportation to a hospital."

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2006-01-27?
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