The Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) just launched a page on its website devoted to disaster-preparedness resources for surgeons and first responders.
Titled “Get Prepared,” the page includes:
- A 93-slide PowerPoint presentation on orthopaedic blast injuries
- Courses from the National Disaster Life Support Foundation and the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma
- A bibliography with links to the JBJS Reviews article “Disaster Response Management Protocol for Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery” and the JBJS/JOSPT Special Report It Takes a Team—The 2013 Boston Marathon.
The events in Brussels this week and in Paris last November should prompt everyone in the orthopaedic community to ask whether their department and their hospital are prepared for a disaster response. The use of high-energy explosives during such attacks results in mass casualties with many orthopedic injuries not commonly encountered outside of battlefields. It is critical for the orthopaedic community to be prepared.
JBJS Reviews, in collaboration with the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and its Disaster Management and Preparedness Committee, is providing you with some basic information to help you plan for a terrorist attack (click link above).