7. Occupationally based Disaster Medicine

  1. Michael I. Greenberg MD, MPH, FAAEM, FACPM, FACOEM
  1. James M. Madsen

Published Online: 18 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444329629.ch7

Occupational Emergency Medicine

Occupational Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Madsen, J. M. (2011) Occupationally based Disaster Medicine, in Occupational Emergency Medicine (ed M. I. Greenberg), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444329629.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Author Information

  1. United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 11 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405180719

Online ISBN: 9781444329629



  • disaster medicine;
  • emergency medicine;
  • occupational and environmental medicine


The nature of disasters to exceed available resources of equipment, medication, staff, space, and information poses particular challenges to emergency departments. To adequately address the unique demands posed by disasters, emergency physicians, nurses, and other staff must acquire new skills in decisive teamwork and leadership. Occupational medicine issues also accompany every disaster. Attention to ten cardinal principles of occupationally based disaster medicine is paramount in emergency department preparation for and response to disasters.