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      Nurses as first responders in a mass casualty: are you prepared?

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          A mass casualty event is a situation in which the need for medical care and resources, including personnel, exceeds that which is available. As the largest component of the health care workforce, nurses represent a significant resource that can be called on to act as first responders during a mass casualty. However, current education and national guidelines fail to provide specific instruction on pre-hospital nursing considerations and interventions. This article provides evidence-based guidelines designed for nurses to use when acting as first responders during a disaster and presents recommendations for future nursing practice related to mass casualty events.

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          Journal
          J Trauma Nurs
          Journal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
          Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)
          1078-7496
          1078-7496
          2012
          : 19
          : 2
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA.
          Article
          00043860-201204000-00014
          10.1097/JTN.0b013e3182562984
          22673082
          fd443642-e99b-402d-a900-695217983a83
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