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Title: Letter to the Editor : Rapidly-deployed small tent hospitals: lessons from the earthquake in Haiti.

The damage to medical facilities resulting form the January 2010 earthquake in haiti necessitated the establishment of field tent hospitals. Much of the local medical infrastructure was destroyed or limited operationally when the Fast Israel Rescue and Search Team (FIRST) arrived in Haiti shortly after the January 2010 earthquake. The FIRST deployed small tent hospitals in Port-au-Prince and in 11 remote areas outside of the city. Each tent was set up in less than a half hour. The tents were staffed with an orthopedic surgeon, gynecologists, primary care and emergency care physicians, a physician with previous experience in tropical medicine, nurses, paramedics, medics, and psychologists. The rapidly deployable and temporary nature of the effort allowed the team to treat and educate, as well as provide supplies for, thousands of refugees throughout Haiti. In addition, a local Haitian physician and his team created a small tent hospital to serve the Petion Refugee Camp and its environs. FIRST personnel also took shifts at this hospital.
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  1. (Materials Science Division)
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1051233
Report Number(s):
ANL/MSD/JA-73738
TRN: US201218%%1334
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine; Journal Volume: 72; Journal Issue: 3
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Sponsoring Org:
SC
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
ENGLISH
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; EARTHQUAKES; EDUCATION; HAITI; HOSPITALS; ISRAEL; PERSONNEL; REMOTE AREAS; TROPICAL MEDICINE