Best practice guidelines on surgical response in disasters and humanitarian emergencies: Report of the 2011 humanitarian action summit working group on surgical issues within the humanitarian space

Smita Chackungal, Jason W. Nickerson, Lisa M. Knowlton, Lynn Black, Frederick M. Burkle, Kathleen Casey, David Crandell, Didier Demey, Lillian Di Giacomo, Lena Dohlman, Joshua Goldstein, James E. Gosney, Keita Ikeda, Allison Linden, Catherine M. Mullaly, Colleen O'Connell, Anthony D. Redmond, Adam Richards, Robert Rufsvold, Ana L.R. SantosTerri Skelton, Kelly McQueen

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Abstract

The provision of surgery within humanitarian crises is complex, requiring coordination and cooperation among all stakeholders. During the 2011 Humanitarian Action Summit best practice guidelines were proposed to provide greater accountability and standardization in surgical humanitarian relief efforts. Surgical humanitarian relief planning should occur early and include team selection and preparation, appropriate disaster-specific anticipatory planning, needs assessment, and an awareness of local resources and limitations of cross-cultural project management. Accurate medical record keeping and timely follow-up is important for a transient surgical population. Integration with local health systems is essential and will help facilitate longer term surgical health system strengthening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-437
Number of pages9
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Disaster medicine
  • Humanitarian emergencies
  • Surgical burden of disease
  • Surgical standards
  • Trauma rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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    Chackungal, S., Nickerson, J. W., Knowlton, L. M., Black, L., Burkle, F. M., Casey, K., Crandell, D., Demey, D., Di Giacomo, L., Dohlman, L., Goldstein, J., Gosney, J. E., Ikeda, K., Linden, A., Mullaly, C. M., O'Connell, C., Redmond, A. D., Richards, A., Rufsvold, R., ... McQueen, K. (2011). Best practice guidelines on surgical response in disasters and humanitarian emergencies: Report of the 2011 humanitarian action summit working group on surgical issues within the humanitarian space. Prehospital and disaster medicine, 26(6), 429-437. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049023X12000064