A quick primer for setting up and maintaining surgical intensive care in an austere environment: practical tips from volunteers in a mass disaster.

Randeep S. Jawa, Jagtar S. Heir, David Cancelada, David H. Young, David W. Mercer

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Abstract

The provision of critical care in any environment is resource intensive. However, the provision of critical care in an austere environment/mass disaster zone is particularly challenging. While providers are well trained for care in a modern intensive care unit, they may be under-prepared for resource-poor environments where there are limited or unfamiliar equipment and fewer support personnel. Based primarily on our experiences at a field hospital in Haiti, we created a short guide to critical care in a mass disaster in an austere environment. This guide will be useful to the team of physicians, nurses, respiratory care, logistics, and other support personnel who volunteer in future critical care relief efforts in limited resource settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-229
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of disaster medicine
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

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  • Medicine(all)

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