As societies become more complex and interconnected, the global risk for catastrophic disasters is increasing. Demand for expertise to mitigate the human suffering and damage these events cause is also high. A new field of disaster medicine is emerging, offering invative approaches to optimize disaster management. Much of the information needed to create the foundation for this growing specialty is t objectively described or is scattered among multiple different sources. This definitive work brings together a coherent and comprehensive collection of scientific observations and evidence-based recommendations with expert contributors from around the globe. This book identifies essential subject matter, clarifies menclature, and outlines necessary areas of proficiency for healthcare professionals handling mass casualty crises. It also describes in-depth strategies for the rapid diagsis and treatment of victims suffering from blast injuries or exposure to chemical, biological, and radiological agents.
Dr Kristi L. Koenig, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health, and Director of Public Health Preparedness at the University of California, Irvine, is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of homeland security, disaster and emergency medicine, emergency management, and emergency medical services. She holds multiple appointments including visiting professor at universities in Australia, Italy, and Belgium. With a strong health policy and academic background, including more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and nearly 500 invited lectures in about thirty-five countries, she is widely sought after for presentations at regional, national, and international forums. Dr Carl H. Schultz is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Director of Research at the Center for Disaster Medical Sciences, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert and researcher in the fields of disaster and emergency medicine. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. He chaired the Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians and has served as a consultant for the US Department of Defense, the Joint Commission, and the State of Israel. Dr Schultz holds faculty appointments at universities in Belgium and Italy.