What will you do when disaster strikes?

By Christopher T. Born, MD

Disaster preparedness: What every surgeon needs to know

Many factors—including population density, environmental degradation, advanced technology (such as large passenger airplanes), the increased presence of hazardous materials and infectious disease strains, and the very real threat of terrorist acts—make the United States increasingly vulnerable to mass casualty events. Foresight, preparation, and planning are needed to significantly reduce the potential consequences of both natural and man-made disasters.

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