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Beschreibung des Verlags
In the days following the tragic earthquake in Haiti, media reports focused on the time that was required to mobilize assistance for the people of Haiti, as well as on the huge death toll. The reports led many individuals to conclude that aid was being delayed due to bureaucracy and red tape. Most injuries and deaths in the immediate post-disaster phase are due to physical force trauma. Trauma is a surgical disease, and, as a result, surgeons are often called upon to serve as information sources for patients, friends, and colleagues. The authors believe that a short review of some of the fundamental principles of disaster response would be helpful for surgeons seeking to understand and interpret media reports related to the situation in Haiti, as well as other disasters.