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Sunday, April 11, 2021


MEDICAL DISASTER RESPONSE 2021 has been developed by the group that brings you Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery.  This course made its debut in 2008 and was an immediate sell-out.  It is specifically for clinical personnel who, in the “heat of battle,” are trying to save patients’ lives and limbs, often with limited space and workers, while trying to quickly determine how to manage more patients than the facility can process.  Whether it is an overwhelmingly busy Friday night or a full-scale mass casualty, the clinical personnel are on the front line.  The COVID pandemic ultimately forced us to cancel the 2020 conference.  While COVID-19 challenges occupied most of our time and energies in 2020, we strived to develop a program balance, recognizing that 2021 will bring new and difference challenges that we must prepare for.   

Course faculty are selected for their first-hand experience in medical disaster response, and the program is designed to present maximum content in formats most conducive to learning and audience involvement.

Physicians, nurses, administrators, and others in the hospital and clinical arenas will, sooner or later, be faced with the care of multiple patients following a natural, terrorism, industrial, or other catastrophic event that might be considered overwhelming mass casualty or “disaster.”  Many journals, courses, and event “model” disaster plans address infrastructure, supplies, causes, public health, and logistics.  However, the medical/clinical aspects, the most important determinant of survival, are often overlooked.

This course focuses on these aspects and targets the clinical personnel who are the first to receive the victims of a catastrophic event.  Whether responding to a pandemic or a devastating earthquake, the roles of the individuals responsible for immediate medical response will be the focus.  Every physician, nurse and administrator working in a hospital clinical setting has the potential to be called upon, without notice, to fulfill these responsibilities.

We are also excited to introduce a new option for learning – “Virtual Vegas,” for those who are unable to attend.  This trend was necessary during COVID, and it is now recognized as an excellent option and way to get the important lessons learned from Medical Disaster Response to an even larger audience.  Registration for both options is available online on the website

The program offers comprehensive continuing education in the treatment of critically ill and injured patients, stressing current basic and cutting edge guidelines and technology for evaluation, diagnosis, and management.  The course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of those caring for ill and injured patients in rural, urban, and suburban hospitals.


1)Develop strategies to meet challenges of triage, limited resources,  palliative care, and maintaining resiliency of personnel in pandemic and MCI situations, 2) Modify individual situation responses based on data from past responses, 3) Discuss specific clinical response, including managing ICU overload, biochemical and biological warfare disasters, radiation and directed energy exposure, blast injuries, multiple burn patients, and challenges presented to surgeons in COVID-10 hot zones.  4) Discuss ethical challenges presented by COVID-19,  5) Learn about walking blood banks, Discuss the value of regional disaster oversight, 6) Discuss civilian application of military advanced resuscitation and pain management

Didactic lecture, panel discussions, audiovisual aids, and course syllabus.

CME credit has been applied for.  Please visit the ACCREDITATION PAGE of the web site to get specific accreditation designation for the conferences.

For the purposes of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 creditstm issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Attire for the meeting is business casual. Every effort will be made to provide a comfortable learning environment; however, meeting room temperatures are variable and may be difficult to control. The temperature is occasionally cool in the meeting rooms; therefore, a jacket or sweater is recommended.

All registrants will be provided a name badge for use during the meeting. For security purposes, name badges are required at all times in the convention area. Individuals without a badge will not be permitted into the course rooms or exhibit hall. Lost badges will be replaced for a $20 fee.

For show and other entertainment information, visit the Las Vegas convention and visitors website at: call 1-877-847-4858.

As the meeting dates draw closer, more show information will be available on this site. Also, check our conference website for late breaking show information.

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