An expert panel of individuals with either clinical experience of providing a professional pre-hospital emergency medical response to a mass casualties incident or responsibility and authority in health emergency planning for mass casualties incidents reached a consensus that 134 items of emergency clinical equipment were either important or very important when responding to a big bang mass casualties event. A further 30 items neared the agreed 80% consensus level. Indicative quantities for each item were provided. The study findings provide an important resource for the UK, and other countries with similar response mechanisms and planning assumptions, to inform the development of evidence-based policies and the planning of future emergency responses to big bang mass casualties events.
The authors declare that they do not have any financial or non-financial competing interests in relation to this paper.
EASD led the study design, managed the overall study, chaired the study advisory committee, and drafted and revised the manuscript; KC was the study research fellow, he conceived the study idea, undertook day-to-day study management, participated in the study advisory committee and contributed to revisions of the final paper; ND provided statistical advice and expertise, and commented on revisions to the final paper; KS designed and managed the study website and background database, and commented on revisions to the final paper provided read and approved of the final manuscript; JS provided expert policy awareness, convened the study advisory committee, and commented on revisions to the final paper; PA advised on study design and statistical analysis, participated in the study advisory committee and contributed to revisions of the final paper. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
A study advisory committee was set up to guide the researchers with expert subject area advice. Grateful thanks are given to the following individuals who participated in at least one meeting: Prof. Kevin Mackway-Jones (University of Manchester); Mr Mike Herriot (Scottish Ambulance Service); Dr Darren Walter (University of Manchester); and Mr David Whitmore (London Ambulance Service NHS Trust).
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