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The Role that Health Care Coalitions Play in Support of Mass Casualty Response

      We applaud the excellent depiction of hospital preparedness and response to a mass casualty event caused by terrorist bombing.
      • Gale S.C.
      • Donovan C.M.
      • Tinti M.
      • et al.
      Organization and operations management at the health care facility.
      The authors do a fine job describing the response to a single mass casualty event affecting emergency medical services (EMS) and hospitals; however, the authors miss the context within which health care preparedness has evolved during the past decade, which we would like to briefly present here to add to the article’s important contributions.
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        Organization and operations management at the health care facility.
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      • Organization and Operations Management at the Health Care Facility
        Annals of Emergency MedicineVol. 69Issue 1
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          Here we describe the organizational and operational considerations for pre-event planning and postevent implementation in a health care facility in regard to a mass casualty incident created by an explosion. Although a blast event is a specific subset of mass casualty incidents, from the hospital perspective, it is distinguished from other mass casualty events by the nature of the injuries and the uncertainty of secondary attacks, which have the potential to be perpetrated on the hospital itself.
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          We thank Ms. Harvey and Drs. Hunt, Hick, and Hanfling, who are all leaders in the field of national health care preparedness, for their valuable comments. We agree wholeheartedly.
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