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Research and Development of a Convertible Use Rapidly Expandable Model for Response to Disasters and Mass Casualties

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Technical Report,28 Sep 2005,30 Sep 2009

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Loma Linda University Loma Linda United States

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The primary purpose of the CURE Project is to demonstrate whether or not there is a model or models of a Multi-Casualty Incident Center MCIC that can provide necessary surge capacity of hospital resources and personnel in the event of disasters. The CURE project team believes that a CURE Center, with access to state-of-the-art medical and information technologies, can provide cost-effective patient care surge capacity during incidents of natural, accidental, and intentional disasters. The specific objectives of the project were to develop estimates of the number and acuity of patients requiring medical care after a disaster, develop and describe the concept of operations for a CURE Center, describe a model CURE Center, demonstrate and evaluate capabilities of this model, and validate the model. A systematic review of existing disaster literature has been performed and estimates of patient characteristics were made. An expert panel symposium was held to review this information and help finalize the conceptual requirements for a CURE Center. Using this information, along with facility requirements identified from geographical information systems analysis for the potential CURE site selected, a concept of operations for a CURE Center in the Loma Linda area was developed. Both print and video format for graphic demonstrations of the concept were developed. During this final research period, application of best practices and available modeling were used to validate the concept. Additionally, development of a Geographic Information System GIS based disaster tool was completed.

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