IAA physician anesthesiologists Joseph McIsaac, MD, MD, MBA, CPE, FASA, and Mark Indelicato, MD recently joined forces with Dr. Matthew Dudley of UCSF and members of the National Trauma and Critical Care Team (TCCT) at the 2022 NDMS Training Summit in Indianapolis, IN, to train on anesthesia equipment slated to be deployed at a field hospital within a disaster zone. The National TCCT is a part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).
The importance of disaster preparedness and response regarding health and medical care cannot be understated.
When devastation from natural or man-made disasters such as hurricanes or other weather-related incidents, earthquakes, pandemic disease, major transportation accidents, or terrorist attacks occur, state, local, tribal and territorial resources can easily become overwhelmed, risking additional damage and loss of life.
It’s during these times of crisis that highly trained teams, like the National Trauma and Critical Care Team (TCCT) of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), are deployed by the US Department of Health and Human Services to supplement ongoing local, state, and federal efforts.
When requested by the affected state, NDMS provides highly trained personnel, equipment, and supplies to a system of partner hospitals that work seamlessly with state and local personnel to provide the critical care that’s needed most.
Emergency medical care, professional staffing, veterinary care, mortuary operations, logistics management, data analysis, and additional critical services are all provided and organized by trained groups of healthcare professionals within the NDMS teams.
NDMS responders, like IAA Drs. McIsaac and Indelicato, are typically those we know and trust within our communities – anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists, physicians, registered nurses, paramedics, dentists, and many other medical and support professionals. We join everyone in thanking them for their expertise and ongoing dedication to keeping us safe and cared for during times of disaster and trauma.
Dr. Joseph McIsaac
Joseph McIsaac, MD, MD, MBA, CPE, FASA
Dr. Mark Indelicato
Mark Indelicato, MD
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FACTS: The Trauma and Critical Care Teams of the National Disaster Medical System
NDMS Trauma and Critical Care Teams (TCCTs) provide critical, operative, and emergency care to help people in the wake of natural and man-made disasters and public health emergencies. TCCT members are medical professionals deployed at the request of local authorities to supplement federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources. Whether they are deploying in the wake of a tornado or responding to a terrorist attack, TCCTs provide people the life-saving or life-sustaining care the community needs.
TCCT team members include
- Critical care physicians
- Emergency medicine physicians
- physician assistants
- Nurse practitioners
- Registered nurses
- Anesthesiologists and Nurse anesthetists
- Respiratory therapists
- Radiology technologists
- Surgical technologists
TCCT teams deploy as 9, 10, 28, or 48-person units each with the capacity to conduct specific trauma-related actions, including but not limited to:
- Providing critical care
- Providing operative care
- Providing emergency care
- Providing advanced trauma life support
- Supporting patient transport
- Augmenting a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT)
- Augmenting existing medical facilities
- Establishing stand-alone field hospitals
- Providing support and augmentation to the Department of Defense (DoD) Disaster Air Staging Facility (DASF) is located at an Aerial Port of Embarkation (APOE)