Pediatric trauma at tertiary-level hospitals in the aftermath of the bam, Iran earthquake

Marzieh Sabzehchian, Hassan Abolghasemi, Mohammad Hadi Radfar, Nematollah Jonaidi-Jafari, Houman Ghasemzadeh, Frederick M. Burkle

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The Bam Earthquake caused one of the most destructive disasters from naturally occurring hazards in recent years. Children are one of the most vulnerable age groups during disasters, in terms of both physical and psychological injuries. The assessment of pedatric injuries in the aftermath of the Bam Earthquake is discussed is this article. Within one week of the Earthquake, 119 patients <16 years of age were admitted to three tertiary-level referral hospitals in Tehran, Iran. Extremity, chest, and abdomen, and head and spinal column injuries were present in 83, 17, and 36 patients, respectively. Lower extremity injuries were morecommon than upper extremity injuries. A total of 65 operations were performed: 52 (80%) orthopedic, eight (12.3%) general, and five (7.7%) neurosurgical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-339
Number of pages4
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • earthquake
  • fasciotomy
  • injury
  • pediatrics
  • tertiary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency


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