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Responder Exhaustion in Sequential Disasters

Specialty:

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
General Surgery & Anesthesiology

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Description:

Several large natural disasters occurred in 2005 (tsunami in Southeast Asia, Hurricaine Katrina, Hurricaine Rita, Pakistan-India earthquake). The international response to the earthquake in Pakistan and India was slow and less than expected, partially because the sequence of disasters had not allowed response systems to recover. A serious disaster that occurs after several other disasters may not receive adequate relief, making the morbidity and mortality worse than it might otherwise have been.

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