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Medical Rescue of China International Search & Rescue Team (CISAR) in Nepal Earthquake

  • Jiong Yang (a1), Zhen Yang (a2) (a3), Qi Lv (a3) (a4), Hai-feng Liu (a1), Hui Ding (a3) (a4), Meng-yang Yu (a3) (a4), Xi-huan Zeng (a3) (a4), Xin Wang (a3) (a4) and Hao-jun Fan (a3) (a4)...

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On April 25, 2015, a massive 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal at 2:11 pm (Beijing time). The 68-member-strong China International Search & Rescue Team (CISAR) left for Nepal at 6 am, April 26, to help with relief work. The CISAR was the first foreign team to rescue a survivor who was trapped beneath the rubble in the Gongabu area after the earthquake. On May 8, the team fulfilled the search-and-rescue mission and returned to Beijing. During the 2 weeks of rescue work, the team treated more than 3700 victims and cleared approximately 430 buildings. In this rescue mission, 10 experienced medical officers (including nine doctors and a nurse) from the General Hospital of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) comprised the medical team of CISAR. In this report, we focus on the medical rescues by CISAR and discuss the characteristics of the medical rescue in Nepal. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2018;12:536–538)

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Correspondence and reprint requests to Dr Fan Hao-jun, Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAPF), Chenglin Road 220, Hedong District, Tianjin, 300162 (e-mail: haojunfan86@163.com).

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