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A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of the Surgical and Rehabilitation Response to the Earthquake in Haiti, January 2010

  • Anthony D. Redmond (a1), Simon Mardel (a1), Bertrand Taithe (a2), Thomas Calvot (a2), Jim Gosney (a2), Antony Duttine (a2) and Susan Girois (a2)...

Abstract

Background: The disaster response environment in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake represented a complex healthcare challenge. This study was designed to identify challenges during the Haiti disaster response.

Methods: Qualitative and quantitative study of injured patients carried out six months after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti to review the surgical inputs of foreign medical teams.

Results: Study findings revealed a need during the response for improved medical records and data gathering for regulation, quality assurance, coordination and resource allocation; wider adherence to standard patient referral mechanisms and protocols linking surgical service provision with appropriate hospital and community based rehabilitation services; a greater recognition of the impact of non-amputation injury, and the need for patients to have a greater say in their management and to be the keepers of their medical records. Key first steps to improving the international response are a minimum dataset and uniform reporting.

Conclusion: This study showed that challenges for emergency medical response during the Haiti Earthquake involved issues of accountability, professional ethics, standards-of-care, unmet needs, patient agency and expected outcomes for patients in such settings:

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Correspondence: Anthony D Redmond, MD Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, E-mail: tony.redmond@manchester.ac.uk

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A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of the Surgical and Rehabilitation Response to the Earthquake in Haiti, January 2010

  • Anthony D. Redmond (a1), Simon Mardel (a1), Bertrand Taithe (a2), Thomas Calvot (a2), Jim Gosney (a2), Antony Duttine (a2) and Susan Girois (a2)...

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