Key Takeaways

  • Do not underestimate the psychological effects that the DVI unit will endure. Select the team ahead of time and provide them with training that helps them identify stress- and anxiety-control mechanisms during the disaster as well as the ability to identify signs and symptoms of anxiety stress disorder after the incident.
  • Rapid victim identification is imperative to maintain appropriate care of the individual patient needs.
  • Consider early (within 1 week) contact with individuals who have shared similar experiences. Everyone from victims and first-responders to clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers will be affected. Peer-to-peer mentorship is invaluable.