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How U.S. hospitals differ from Parisian systems in handling mass casualties
Modern Healthcare

Soon after terrorists Friday night killed 129 people and wounded over 350 others in Paris, the city activated its “Plan Blanc” strategy, a coordinated response to mass casualty that’s facilitated by its hospitals’ largely municipal governance. France, a country roughly the size of the state of Texas, organizes hospital response plans on a local level but within a national frame. Each region’s Plan Blanc fits within the Orsan plan, a nationalized strategy to prepare for mass casualty events like accidents, disasters or public health emergencies. Within an hour of hearing about the initial attacks, hospitals in Paris called in their entire staff, which was not allowed to leave until about 26 hours after being called in.

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