Disaster teams deployed to Haiti
Government of Haiti requested medical help from other countries.
Within 24 hours of the earthquake, the Department of Health and Human Services
National Disaster Medical System mobilized the three International
Medical-Surgical Response Teams (IMSuRTs) (East, West, South) in addition to at least five US Disaster Medical Assistance Teams. These were made up of civilian volunteer physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists, and
other medical specialists. The 50 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams stationed around the United States typically provide emergency medical assistance nationally; however, they deployed to Haiti because of the extraordinary number of casualties and the destruction of the medical infrastructure in the region of the capital. The IMSuRTs have surgical capability and are designed to be rapidly deployed overseas.These civilian volunteer teams arrived within
72 hours of the earthquake in Haiti to set up field hospitals with surgical
capabilities in Port-au-Prince.
  • Solidarity staffing (eg deployments to/from other jurisdictions)
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists
  • Nurse Practitioners*
  • Nurse Specialists*
  • Nurses - Licensed Practical
  • Nurses - Registered
  • Pharmacy Workers
  • Physicians - Emergency
  • Physicians - Intensive Care
  • Physicians - Primary/Family
  • Physicians - Specialists
  • Volunteers
  • Other Health Care Workers
  • Community Health Services
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medical Services
Research Intervention - outcome data available
Born, C., Cullison, T., Dean, J., Hayda, R., McSwain, N., Riddles, L., & Shimkus, A. (2011). Partnered Disaster Preparedness: Lessons Learned From International Events. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 19, S44–S48.
Christian T Born
American College of Surgeons
Caribbean, Central, Latin & South America
Published Literature

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