Emergency and essential surgical care

Disasters and emergencies

Disasters and emergencies

In the last decade, more than 2.6 billion people have been affected by natural phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, cyclones, heat waves, floods, or severe cold weather. These disasters lead to mass casualty (e.g., blunt trauma, crush-related injuries, drowning) that can overwhelm local medical resources and prevent them from delivering comprehensive and definitive medical care.

The WHO EESC program, together with its partners, has worked towards disaster preparedness and response by creating the WHO Disaster Management Guidelines: Emergency Surgical Care in Disaster Situations, a comprehensive manual that details management of common injuries encountered in disaster situations.

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The following materials relevant to a country's disaster situation should be taken from the IMEESC toolkit: