Natural Disasters

Jorge Hidalgo, Amado Alejandro Baez

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Abstract

Natural disasters are extreme events generally caused by abrupt climate change and other environmental factors. Intensive care units (ICUs) need to be prepared, because in the event of a natural disaster, the number of patients that require service stresses an already occupied facility. It is critical that personnel be able to do a proper ICU triage. Efforts have been made to prepare the health care system to be ready for a disaster. A natural disaster can disrupt the daily routine of a hospital and ICU personal need to be equipped with the necessary tools to be able to respond appropriately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-607
Number of pages17
JournalCritical Care Clinics
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Classification of natural disasters
  • Earthquake
  • Hurricane
  • Natural disaster
  • Preparedness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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