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Mass casualty incident after the Taba terrorist attack: an organisational and medical challenge.

Authors
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  • 1 Soroka University Medical Center, Beer Sheva, Israel. , (Israel)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Disasters
Publication Date
Volume
31
Issue
1
Pages
104–112
Identifiers
PMID: 17367377
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Two suicide bombings in and around Taba, Egypt, on 7 October 2004 created a complex medical and organisational situation. Since most victims were Israeli tourists, the National Emergency and Disaster Management Division handled their evacuation and treatment. This paper describes the event chronologically, as well as the organisational and management challenges confronted and applied solutions. Forty-nine emergency personnel and physicians were flown early to the disaster area to reinforce scarce local medical resources. Two hundred casualties were recorded: 32 dead and 168 injured. Eilat hospital was transformed into a triage facility. Thirty-two seriously injured patients were flown to two remote trauma centres in central Israel. Management of mass casualty incidents is difficult when local resources are inadequate. An effective response should include: rapid transportation of experienced trauma teams to the disaster zone; conversion of local medical amenities into a triage centre; and rapid evacuation of the seriously injured to higher level medical facilities.

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