Postgraduate Training in Disaster Medicine
In the last two decades, 3 million people have died in natural disasters including earthquakes in Armenia, Turkey and the Philippines, floods in Bangladesh, and hurricanes in the Caribbean. Superimposed on this toll have been terrible man-made tragedies including wars in Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and Cheznya, terrorist bombings over Scotland and in New York, and industrial accidents in Bhopal and Chernobyl. In an attempt to focus attention on these tragedies, the United Nations has declared the 1990’s the International Decade of Disaster Reduction. There are now many government and non-government organizations that provide prompt medical relief at both national and international levels. This aid has expanded not only to include the traditional provision of supplies and equipment in the aftermath of a disaster but also to include more rapid response in an attempt to mitigate the early casualty tolls. There has also been considerable expansion in the field of disaster medicine research, exploring the ways in which injuries are sustained and the feasibility of alternative approaches to disaster mitigation.
KeywordsEmergency Medical Service Postgraduate Training Emergency Medical Team Mass Casualty Incident Mass Disaster
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