Prof. Meir Liebergall, Chair of Hadassah’s Orthopedic Surgery Department, and his colleagues have published the results of their research on the pivotal role nurses take on at the Hadassah Medical Center during mass casualty events in the prestigious American Journal of Critical Care.

The Hadassah Medical Center’s extensive experience with mass casualty has led the hospital to develop a unique organizational model for identifying victims and informing loved ones. Immediately after receiving news of a large-scale terror attack, family/public information centers are set up in all local hospitals to meet the needs of members of the public who call or arrive at hospitals eager for information about relatives who may have been at the site of the attack.

“The experience and knowledge gained in dealing with terror events,” explain the researchers, “also can be applied to other types of mass casualty events, such as major road or work accidents.”