Triage and Treatment of Combined Injury in Mass Casualty Situations
MEDICAL RADIOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER OBNINSK (RUSSIA)
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Acute radiation sickness, which originates from high dose exposures following an accident or nuclear explosion, may be associated with thermal burns as well as different types of mechanical traumas. Actual difficulties of early-stage diagnosis and choice of valid therapy procedure for overexposed patients increase if combined injuries occur. Owing to previous numerous experimental studies, that mainly have fulfilled in USA, Germany, former USSR and recently in Russia, many problems of pathophysiology and management of combined injuries have been solved. However, physicians and especially surgeons need concrete information about common principles of the earliest diagnosis, outcomes prediction and the content of emergency medical aid. They need easy reading recommendation how to act when increased work loads on medical personnel in mass casualty situations. Scientists have to recommend them a course of action and effective utilisation of available resources during overloaded burn and surgical centres.
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