Sur­geons of­fer re­lief

Doc­tors rush to help Haitian earth­quake vic­tims

Modern Healthcare - - Special Section -

Thou­sands of Haitian earth­quake vic­tims have re­ceived med­i­cal care from more than 480 mem­bers of the Amer­i­can Academy of Orthopaedic Sur­geons since Jan­uary, with 500 other doc­tors on standby.

The ef­fort be­gan less than 48 hours af­ter the Jan. 12 quake as the academy de­vel­oped a data­base of mem­bers will­ing to help, co­or­di­nated with med­i­cal aid agen­cies to de­ploy them, came up with state­side hos­pi­tals will­ing to take pa­tients, and worked with the govern­ment to co­or­di­nate pa­tients’ trans­fer to the U.S. The academy has spent more than $130,000 in sup­port of its ef­forts, not in­clud­ing vol­un­teer time.

Now, the academy and its mem­bers are work­ing with the mil­i­tary and other govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions to de­velop physi­cian-train­ing plans and a for­mal dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness plan to ad­dress fu­ture catas­tro­phes, as earth­quake-re­lated in­juries of­ten are or­tho­pe­dic in na­ture.

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