What We Changed

What we found with a mass casualty incident of this size and degree was that our supplies were not in an optimal location for the speed with which we used them. Airway supplies, chest tubes, chest drainage systems, manual resuscitator bags and ventilators were depleted within minutes, and we had to utilize therapists as supply and equipment runners to retrieve additional resources to meet the influx of patients. While we had an abundance of the items we needed, they weren’t necessarily in the right location. As a result of this experience, we relocated some of the more critical supplies closer to the ED so we could access them more efficiently in the event of another mass casualty.