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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 130-142

Wind disasters: A comprehensive review of current management strategies


1 Department of Surgery, Temple St Luke's Medical School, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States of America
2 Department of Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon; OPUS 12 Foundation Global, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
3 Department of Surgery, Temple St Luke's Medical School, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; OPUS 12 Foundation Global, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
4 Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee; OPUS 12 Foundation Global, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
5 Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus; OPUS 12 Foundation Global, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
6 Global Hospitals Group, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; OPUS 12 Foundation Global, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
7 Department of Anesthesiology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, United States of America
8 Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, United States of America
9 Department of Emergency Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, United States of America; OPUS 12 Foundation Global, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
10 Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
11 Department of Anesthesiology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus; OPUS 12 Foundation Global, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P A Stawicki
Department of Surgery, Division of Critical Care, Trauma, and Burn, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Suite 634, 395 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.114273

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Wind disasters are responsible for tremendous physical destruction, injury, loss of life and economic damage. In this review, we discuss disaster preparedness and effective medical response to wind disasters. The epidemiology of disease and injury patterns observed in the early and late phases of wind disasters are reviewed. The authors highlight the importance of advance planning and adequate preparation as well as prompt and well-organized response to potential damage involving healthcare infrastructure and the associated consequences to the medical response system. Ways to minimize both the extent of infrastructure damage and its effects on the healthcare system are discussed, focusing on lessons learned from recent major wind disasters around the globe. Finally, aspects of healthcare delivery in disaster zones are reviewed.


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