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Respirology. 2011 Apr;16(3):386-95. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2011.01923.x.

Natural disasters and the lung.

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  • 1University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia, Australia. bruce.robinson@uwa.edu.au

Abstract

As the world population expands, an increasing number of people are living in areas which may be threatened by natural disasters. Most of these major natural disasters occur in the Asian region. Pulmonary complications are common following natural disasters and can result from direct insults to the lung or may be indirect, secondary to overcrowding and the collapse in infrastructure and health-care systems which often occur in the aftermath of a disaster. Delivery of health care in disaster situations is challenging and anticipation of the types of clinical and public health problems faced in disaster situations is crucial when preparing disaster responses. In this article we review the pulmonary effects of natural disasters in the immediate setting and in the post-disaster aftermath and we discuss how this could inform planning for future disasters.

© 2011 The Authors. Respirology © 2011 Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.

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