Field hospitals in disasters

Added September 1, 2021

Citation: Manoochehry S, Hoseinzadeh E, Taha P, et al. Field hospital in disasters: A systematic review. Trauma Monthly. 2019 Mar 1;24(2):1-9.

What is this? Field hospitals are temporary hospitals that provide health care in times of crisis or disaster, such as after an earthquake.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for articles that reported on field hospitals. They restricted their searches to articles published in English or Persian before 2017. They included 20 articles, which were review papers, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, and qualitative and quantitative studies, which covered field hospitals in the context of war and earthquakes.

What was found? Tents were the most common structures for establishing field hospitals after earthquakes.

Implications: In general, the authors concluded that field hospitals should contain the following elements: relief units, diagnostic treatment, an emergency room, an operating room, an intensive care unit, a pharmacy, a laboratory and blood bank, a sterilization department, a special relief and transfer department and a burns department.

 

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