Combat Casualty Care/ Austere Medicine
Dr. Tom Colletti
Importance: Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) providers and planners strive to achieve the most effective response to health crises. The objective of this review is to determine whether the deployment of and treatment by DMATs decreases the morbidity and mortality of adult patients injured in the immediate aftermath -defined as 1 week in this paper - of a natural disaster.
Observations: DMAT response time to disasters has a greater effect on morbidity than mortality due to most preventable deaths occurring in the first 72 hours post disaster.
Conclusions and Relevance: DMATs have less of an effect on preventable death than they do morbidity in their response to disasters. A reduction in response times is necessary to positively affect the rate of preventable deaths. A more robust and rapidly deployable task organization should be explored.
charles m. Effectiveness of Disaster Medical Assessment Teams in the Initial Phases of Disaster Response. Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science. 2023; 5(1).
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