The Management of Mass Burn Casualties and Fire Disasters

Proceedings of the First International Conference on Burns and Fire Disasters

  • M. Masellis
  • S.W.A. Gunn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Overview The First International Conference on Burns and Fire Disasters

  3. Disaster

  4. Fire Disasters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Takashi Ukai, Muneo Ohta, Choei Wakasugi, Shigeru Hishida
      Pages 37-44
    3. C. Corrao
      Pages 60-63
    4. M. Brusco
      Pages 89-92
    5. G. Garri
      Pages 93-105
    6. J. Joannovich, P. Panayotou, D. Tsoutsos, E. Filopoulos, A. Yannopoulos, D. Alexakis et al.
      Pages 106-109
    7. B. Trovato
      Pages 110-112

About this book

Introduction

Thermal harm is one of the most traumatizing assaults on man and his environment. Whether suffered by living beings as burn injury, or sustained by societal structures as fire damage, the resulting physical pain and material loss can be extremely distressing both to the person and to society. The health professions and in particular burn specialists have been continually developing effective means of combating burn disease and promoting rehabili­ tation of the victims, especially in mass casualty situations. In parallel, various levels of the community have been mobilizing fire prevention and fire-fighting mechanisms that protect society and the environment from the ever-increasing hazards of fire disasters. It is therefore surprising that, while aiming at the same objective, the two sectors have rarely come together; doctor has rarely worked with fire chief. Yet both disciplines have so much to learn from and contribute to each other's efforts. The Mediterranean Burns Club is a professional organization that brings together persons concerned with burn therapy and fire safety in all forms, especially in the countries of the Mediterranean basin. It is honoured to have been identified by the United Nations as a premier scientific body in its field within the programme of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. It is therefore natural that it should have initiated an international gathering of specialists engaged in burns as a surgical, clinical problem, and of counterparts dealing with fires as a societal, disaster management problem.

Keywords

assessment burns communication emergency health hospital management organizations prevention resuscitation safety therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • M. Masellis
    • 1
    • 2
  • S.W.A. Gunn
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Plastic Surgery and Burn Centre PalermoItaly
  2. 2.Mediterranean Burns ClubItaly
  3. 3.Emergency Relief OperationsWorld Health OrganizationSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-585-33973-3
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-8804-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-585-33973-3
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