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J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Jun;26(4):1036-41. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000001658.

Plastic Surgery Response in Natural Disasters.

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*Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery †Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL ‡Universidad CES, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.

Abstract

Disasters cause untold damage and are often unpredictable; however, with proper preparation, these events can be better managed. The initial response has the greatest impact on the overall success of the relief effort. A well-trained multidisciplinary network of providers is necessary to ensure coordinated care for the victims of these mass casualty disasters. As members of this network of providers, plastic surgeons have the ability to efficiently address injuries sustained in mass casualty disasters and are a valuable member of the relief effort. The skill set of plastic surgeons includes techniques that can address injuries sustained in large-scale emergencies, such as the management of soft-tissue injury, tissue viability, facial fractures, and extremity salvage. An approach to disaster relief, the types of disasters encountered, the management of injuries related to mass casualty disasters, the role of plastic surgeons in the relief effort, and resource management are discussed. In order to improve preparedness in future mass casualty disasters, plastic surgeons should receive training during residency regarding the utilization of plastic surgery knowledge in the disaster setting.

PMID:
26080117
DOI:
10.1097/SCS.0000000000001658
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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