Disasters are catastrophic events that overwhelm a community’s emergency response capacity, threatening public health and the environment . 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 .
|Title of host publication||Orthopedics in Disasters|
|Subtitle of host publication||Orthopedic Injuries in Natural Disasters and Mass Casualty Events|
|Publisher||Springer Berlin Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|