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Creating Throughput During Chaos: The Evolution of Emergency Department Mass Casualty Response

Assist Director, Corporate Office of Emergency Management, RWJBarnabas Health Network 


Often referred to as a “master of disaster”, Paul Mikita is currently the Assistant Director of Corporate Office of Emergency Management for the RWJBarnabas Health System where he has worked as an Emergency Department Technician and Nurse as well as an Emergency Preparedness Educator and Specialist during his employment.  He received his Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University, a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cook College – Rutgers University and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Raritan Valley Community College.  Paul holds multiple emergency management and nursing certifications including being a Certified Emergency Nursing from the Boards of Certification for Emergency Nurses, a Certified Emergency Manager from the International Association of Emergency Managers, and a National Healthcare Disaster Professional certification from the American Nurse Credentialing Center.   

Paul is a healthcare emergency management expert who has developed an interest in applying the concepts and principles of emergency and disaster to the healthcare sector.  His ability to develop practical strategies towards not only emergency and disaster response but also education and training relies on his over 29 years of pre-hospital, nursing, and emergency management expertise.  Known as a straight shooter, Paul prides himself on relying on his own knowledge and experiences to translate the often foreign and sometimes confusing principles of emergency and disaster response for the healthcare provider. 


Through retrospective analysis, this presentation will take participants through the lessons-learned and adjustments made on the journey to developing unidirectional mass casualty incident management within a large hospital-based response.

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