Disaster Preparedness and Response Improvement: Comparison of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake-Related Diagnoses with Baseline Medical Data
Authorsvan Berlaer, G
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JournalEuropean Journal of Emergency Medicine : Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
AbstractDisaster medicine research generally lacks control groups. This study aims to describe categories of diagnoses encountered by the Belgian First Aid and Support Team after the 2010 Haiti earthquake and extract earthquake-related changes from comparison with comparable baseline data. The hypothesis is that besides earthquake-related trauma, medical problems emerge soon, questioning an appropriate composition of Foreign Medical Teams and Interagency Emergency Health Kits.