The Project

The Project

An epidemic caused by influenza or other infectious disease outbreak, a WMD or naturally occurring catastrophe could result in ‘mega casualties’. The customary health care infrastructure may become insufficient or completely incapacitated.  One method to manage a massive influx of patients or to decompress saturated hospitals is the utilization of temporary medical treatment stations (TMTS). More about the project...
Why TMTS?

Why TMTS?

In Illinois, we have adopted the TMTS terminology instead of Alternate Care Site (ACS) as this is a better descriptor.
T=Temporary, these are temporary operational facilities
M=Medical, describes the function of the space
T=Treatment, describes the type of service provided
S=Station, emphasizes the interim nature of the care

The subject of providing emergent medical care in non-hospital settings is complicated. The need for such measures would likely only be as a result of a catastrophe that requires the evacuation of a population or an event that paralyzes or destroys the health care infrastructure.  The issues extend from legal and jurisdictional concerns to response operations through recovery strategies.  Many of these issues have yet to be resolved. In the meantime, we need to devise strategies to have the capability to mobilize resources and set-up operations with the knowledge and information available.

This provisional guide is meant to be a resource for healthcare providers and emergency managers to use as a resource to set-up and operate a Temporary Medical Treatment Station in response to a catastrophic emergency.  The guide is specifically designed to be useful during TMTS training or an actual event.

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