During a new session at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Tampa, Fla., in January, 200 participants experienced a simulated mass casualty disaster, with interaction via an audience-response system. “After the introductory remarks, the first speaker showed a video clip of a disaster scene in another country, and while the lights in the room were still dim, we had volunteers stage a disaster that included a fake bomb. We made arrangements in advance with the local fire and ...

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