The Executive Board of the WHO has defined disasters as situations where there are unforeseen, serious, and immediate threats to public health. Every year about 150 disasters of different kinds occur in peacetime all over the world, each with more than 20 deaths at the scene and an immediate cost of more than US$ 8 million. Thirty per cent of these disasters are caused by earthquakes, environmental pollution, floods, etc.; 70% are classified as severe fires and explosions due to train crashes, air accidents, underground disasters, etc.


Body Surface Area Disaster Management Severe Fire Inhalation Injury Disaster Planning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Arturson
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  1. 1.Burn CentreUniversity Hospital UppsalaSweden

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