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Post-Earthquake Medicine in Haiti: Disaster Relief at a Field Hospital

March 23, 2010. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Dr. Sanford shares his experiences and reflects upon lessons learned that may have important implications for public health planning and response to major disasters.

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Vulnerable Populations & Health Disparities

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

On January 12, 2010, Haiti experienced a catastrophic earthquake that took hundreds of thousands of lives and left even more people injured and homeless. Christopher Sanford, MD, MPH, DTM&H, served as a medical officer on a U.S. federal disaster response team that was deployed to a field hospital in Port-au-Prince shortly after the earthquake occurred. The response team helped victims with a wide range of problems including crush injuries, typhoid fever, meningococcal meningitis, and active pulmonary TB. In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Dr. Sanford shares his experiences and reflects upon lessons learned that may have important implications for public health planning and response to major disasters.

Air date: March 23, 2010

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the scope of practice of a combined medical/surgical disaster relief medical team
  • List common injuries and illnesses seen after a large earthquake
  • Describe the stresses on a medical team that result from working in an austere environment

Intended Audience

Local and state public health practitioners; Public health nurses; Local and state emergency management staff; Primary care physicians; Allied health personnel, including paramedics and pharmacists

Slides

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Vulnerable Populations & Health Disparities

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenter

Christopher Sanford, MD, MPH, DTM&H, is a family medicine physician who specializes in tropical medicine and has worked at the University of Washington since 2000. In 2008, Dr. Sanford published two books: The Adventurous Traveler’s Guide to Health (University of Washington Press), and The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, 4th Edition, which he co-edited with Dr. Elaine Jong (Elsevier). Dr. Sanford is currently working with physicians at the University of Washington, Johns Hopkins, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to establish a training program in tropical medicine in East Africa for both African and U.S. physicians.

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