EMA ‘Lessons Learned’ from the 2002 Bali bombing disaster

Issue 4 (Vol. 24) of Emergency Medicine Australasia for 2012 included the following article, which is re-released FREE today, 12 October 2012, in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombing and the role of emergency medicine in responding to this disaster by Andrew Gosbell & Tony Brown

Lessons learned: A comparative case study analysis of an emergency department response to two burns disasters FREE

The Royal Perth Hospital ED received 28 burns patients following the 2002 Bali bombing. In the debriefing following this disaster response a number of issues were identified and this led to the development of a range of specific interventions and changes in approach. Little and colleagues, in this comparative case study analysis, demonstrate that implementation of these interventions has been effective in improving the whole of hospital response patient care in a subsequent similar burns disaster (23 patients from a boat explosion on Ashmore Reef in 2009). Lessons have been learned and improvements in practice have resulted following the emergency medicine response to the 2002 Bali bombing disaster

More EMA disaster articles FREE

Emergency Medicine Australasia regularly publishes articles in the field of disaster medicine. A number of featured original articles on aspects of disaster medicine have been combined into this FREE full-text online virtual issue

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    Always a good read…of course, it’s not just bombings, tsunamis and other major events, but also local disasters -- the Kerang train crash, bushfires, cyclones, potential for zoonotic disease like H1N1

    ..very little mention in any State disaster plans of the role of the rural doctor,with his/h skills in e,eregncy, anaesthetics etc. Recent survey Of rural GP-anaesthetists in Oz suggests many are active in prehospital responses, despite lack of training and formal arrangements for deployment.


    Perhaps it is time for Australia to borrow from models like NZ’s PRIME and UK’s BASICS, utilising local talent close to scene to aid paramedics (espec in rural Oz where may be colunteer crews) in advance of the agreed experts, retrieval practitioners….