Center for Biosecurity at UPMC
and the Society of Critical Care Medicine convened the Working Group on
Emergency Mass Critical Care to provide recommendations to
hospital and clinical leaders regarding the delivery of critical care
services in the wake of a bioterrorist attack resulting in hundreds or
thousands of critically ill patients. In these conditions, traditional
hospital and clinical care standards in general, and critical care
standards in particular, likely could no longer be maintained, and
clinical guidelines for U.S. hospitals facing these situations have not
been developed. The Working Group offers recommendations for this
situation. You can read the abstract of their recommendations here.
The AHRQ also has some great info on reactivating decommissioned
hospitals in the event of mass casualty situations (you can read about
that in this previous post).
I'm sure you can pay for the privilege of reading this paper, but for
some reason the site would let me either log on nor re register. Costs
range up to $30 for temporary access to download the pdf.
After wasting 20 minutes trying to access the actual paper, now is a
good time to gripe about having to pay to read (what I assume to be at
least partially) government sponsored research. There are many
advantages to subscribing to hard copy journals that are in your field.
And I suppose there's a rationale to charging those who wish to pluck
an article here and there for privately funded research,
especially if the revenue makes it back to the researchers. Charging
electronic access to papers based on government funded research is like
paying for something twice - first in taxes and then again to a
publisher (like Lippincott). All government funded research should be
considered open source when published in peer reviewed journals.