Disaster Medicine

Disaster Medicine is the art and science of patient care under circumstances of stress when:

  • the number of patients exceeds the normal medical capacities
  • sudden casualties overwhelms existing medical facilities and personnel


Disaster Medicine is concerned with the health, medical, and emotional issues of disaster casualties; as well as disaster management.

This includes:

  • planning
  • mitigation
  • assessment
  • response
  • recovery

Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital has an office to ensure sustained medical center business continuity and optimal quality patient care and service during and after the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

Their mission is to identify, create, establish and test emergency management systems that provide for mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

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