Field hospitals are deployed in a wide range of scenarios including natural disasters, epidemic outbreaks, armed conflicts and refugee crises. Operation in these conditions requires adaptation to disaster medicine principles and operation in an austere environment and unfamiliar cultural milieu, whilst maintaining acceptable standards of care. For many of those involved it may be their first encounter. This book, which is the first to address the preparation and operation of field hospitals, brings together the experience of world leaders in the field. Coming from a wide variety of organizations and backgrounds, all have extensive experience in field hospital deployment in multiple scenarios. The text - containing both background information and practical guidelines - will serve all those involved in field hospital deployment, including policy makers and planners, physicians and nurses, paramedical professionals and logisticians. It will help them deliver optimal care to people around the globe in difficult times of need.
About the Author
Elhanan Bar-On is an orthopedic surgeon and director of The Israel Center for Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Response at Sheba Medical Center - Israel. He has participated in multiple missions to disaster areas including the earthquakes in Turkey, India, Haiti and Nepal, typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, cholera outbreak in Zambia, volcanic eruption in Guatemala, and cyclone Idai in Mozambique. He works and teaches extensively in underserved regions in Africa, Latin America and Asia and is active in the WHO Emergency Medical Teams initiative. He has published extensively on orthopedics and trauma as well as treatment and organization in field hospitals following disasters.
Kobi Peleg is the Director of the Gertner Institute for Health Policy and Epidemiology and the Head of the National Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine Research. He is Professor and founder of the Disaster Medicine Department and the Master Programs for Emergency Disaster Management at Tel-Aviv University. Professor Peleg served as Senior Assistant to the Minister of Health. He served as an UNDAC expert in the earthquakes of Indonesia (2009) and Nepal (2015) and as a mentor by the WHO-EMT to field hospitals. He served in command positions in Israeli Field Hospital to the Armenian earthquake (1988), Rwanda (1995), Haiti earthquake (2010) and the Philippines (2013). Professor Peleg is the Chair of WADEM. He has published around 200 publications.
Yitshak Kreiss is the Director General of the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Israel. He previously served as the Surgeon General of the Israel Defense Forces. He has led many emergency and humanitarian missions worldwide including a humanitarian medical operation for the victims of the civil war in Syria and field hospital deployments in Macedonia for the Kosovo refugees, in Haiti for the victims of the earthquake in 2010 and in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Professor Kreiss has received various awards for his contributions to humanitarian efforts worldwide. His research has contributed significantly to the development of current concepts and approaches to management of field hospitals, medical care, leadership and ethics in disasters.
Publisher:Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (February 27, 2020)