2005 Earthquake: Medical Camps
On the morning of the 8th October 2005, a catastrophic earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale struck Northern Pakistan…
A trauma team from Nottingham and Derby flew into Northern Pakistan one week following the tragedy. The team worked in a field hospital consisting mainly of tents in Balakot. Over one thousand patients were treated in the five and a half days they were there, completing 135 major surgical procedures with 75 inpatients being cared for at any one time.
Organisational skills during major incidents are a vital resource and were a special area of expertise of this team. The team helped create a medical facility for 75 patients. A system of ward round and a standard for inpatient care was established. Pre-transfer stabilisation and triage systems were set-up. Theatre rules and procedures were made operational.
One of the key elements brought by this team, was Emergency Paediatric care, both surgical and medical. This was an essential component given the countless children who were injured in the earthquake. The glaringly obvious lack of appropriate medical facilities, even before the disaster, was obvious to all and on returning to the UK they dedicated themselves to building a charitable hospital in the region.
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