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Medicine in a Disaster Area Lessons From the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal

Ofer Merin, MD1,2; Avraham Yitzhak, MD1,3; Tarif Bader, MD1,4
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1Israel Defense Forces Field Hospital, Medical Corps, Surgeon General's Headquarters, Tel Hashomer, Israel
2Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
3Soroka Medical Center, Beer-Sheba, Israel
4Hebrew University, Faculty of Medicine, Military Program, Jerusalem, Israel
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(9):1437-1438. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.3985.
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This Viewpoint identifies strategies for the appropriate and efficient emergency medical team assistance to other countries following natural disasters.

In April 2015, a 7.8-level earthquake struck Nepal, with an epicenter 50 miles northwest of the capital city of Kathmandu. As of June 15, 2015, there have been approximately 8800 deaths and over 23 000 injured. The devastating earthquake galvanized rapid response worldwide, including deployment of international humanitarian teams.

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The Israel Defense Force Field Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 2015

Courtesy of: Amos Luzon, Israeli Defense Force Field Hospital, Medical Corps, Surgeon General’s Headquarters, Tel Hashomer, Israel.

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