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

Jack M. Berger, Vladimir Zelman, Rodolfo Amaya

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Abstract

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
Pages281-287
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783662489505
ISBN (Print)9783662489482
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

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