Chapter 33: Disaster Surgery

Journal articles

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5972170/ (free)

This is a review of the types of injuries sustained in natural disasters. It describes how this knowledge can be utilised to anticipate the need for surgical resources and their deployment.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6390156/ – :~:text=Triage is the allocation of, of major emergencies %5B2%5D/ (free)

Triage is the cornerstone of mass casualty management. This review article focuses on triage and triage systems currently being used.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4356884/ (free)

A systematic review focusing on the nature of wounds in disaster situations and the outcomes of wound management in recent disasters.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tmi.12523/ (free)

This articles details the challenges of surgery during crisis in 20 low-income countries.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5972172/ (free)

This article by members of Doctors Without Borders explains how minimal standards of surgical care can be met during disasters, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

Book chapter

https://accesssurgery.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=2057&sectionid=156212990 – 1141185696/ (free)

A review of the epidemiology and management of disasters and mass casualty events, both natural and man-made.


https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/best-practice-guidelines-on-emergency-surgical-care-in-disaster-situations/ (free)

Detailed guidelines from the World Health Organization on emergency surgical care in disaster situations.

https://www.brown.edu/initiatives/global-health/sites/brown.edu.initiatives.global-health/files/uploads/Surgical Best practices_0.pdf/ (free)

Best practice guidelines on surgical response in disasters and humanitarian emergencies. This is based on the recommendations of a multicentre Humanitarian Action Summit.

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