The role of the anesthesiologist in the response to mass casualty catastrophic events

Jack M. Berger, Vladimir Zelman, Rodolfo Amaya

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Disasters are catastrophic events that overwhelm a community’s emergency response capacity, threatening public health and the environment [1]. Although disaster medicine is rapidly developing as a distinct discipline, it lacks a commonly accepted definition. Initially, the focus of disaster medicine was centered on the response to a catastrophic event with the intent to provide the greatest good for the greatest number [2, 3]. Traditionally, disasters have been thought of as natural in cause. Disaster physicians then must be prepared to fulfill a number of critical professional roles — rapid assessment of the health needs of affected populations, logistic and communication concerns, prioritization of airlifted medical resources, and patient triage and medical care - and have the political skills necessary to successfully work with a variety of local, state, federal, and international relief agencies [4].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrthopedics in Disasters
Subtitle of host publicationOrthopedic Injuries in Natural Disasters and Mass Casualty Events
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783662489505
ISBN (Print)9783662489482
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


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