Managing a major incident in the critical care unit
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Managing a major incident in the critical care unit

Chris Carter Intensive care nursing officer, Department of Health Care Education, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, Royal College of Nursing Defence Nursing Forum, RCN, London

This article analyses recent major incidents using a standardised structured approach and is relevant to nurses working in the critical care unit. Information on responding to a major incident is provided, and the need to support staff after an incident, especially critical care personnel, is discussed. The main themes associated with assisting critical care nurses in preparing to deal with a broad range of situations which they may be required to respond to is described and an overview of major incident training for nurses is provided.

Nursing Standard. 28, 31, 39-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 03 November 2013

Accepted: 02 December 2013