Preparedness for treating victims of terrorist attacks in Australia

Learning from recent military experience

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Abstract

The Australian health system is generally well prepared for mass casualty events. Fortunately, there have been very few terrorist attacks and these have involved low numbers of casualties compared with events overseas. Nevertheless, Australian health professionals need to be prepared to treat mass casualties with blast and ballistic trauma. The US military and its allies including Australia have had extensive experience with mass casualty management in the Middle East and Afghanistan wars for more than a decade. To define their experience, they developed the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Guidelines that have saved many lives. It is now prudent to incorporate this knowledge and experience into civilian practice in Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)722-724
Number of pages3
JournalEMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Explosions
  • Mass casualty incidents
  • Terrorism

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