The orthopaedist’s role when disaster strikes

By Jennie McKee

JAAOS series highlights key concepts of treating patients after mass casualty disasters

Recent bombing attempts in the United Kingdom and warnings about the continuing possibility of terrorist attacks against the United States remind us of a sobering reality: mass casualty disasters can occur anywhere, at any time. To help educate orthopaedic surgeons about responding to disasters and mass casualties, the Journal of the AAOS (JAAOS) published a two-part article: “Disasters and Mass Casualties: I. General Principles of Response and Management” (July 2007) and “Disasters and Mass Casualties: II. Explosive, Biologic, Chemical, and Nuclear Agents” (August 2007). Parts I and II of the article explore key concepts involved in managing disasters and treating the injuries resulting from natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

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