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ROLE OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT.

Byline: S R A Kirmani

ABSTRACT

Objective: The objective of the study is to highlight the role of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in disaster management.

The study is based on reviewing literature and from our own local experience in the management of Spinal injury and Amputees during and after 2005 earth quake disaster.

Studies from Hurricane Katrina, NewOrleans USA; Recommendations of WHO and Europea Union have been documented for preparedness for Medical emergencies.

Another study conducted by Johns Hopkins Hospital and Red Cross, Red Crescent societies have been quoted for training of Health workers and related personnel.

Role of PMandR in Floods in USA, earth quakes in Pakistan, China, Haiti and Iran has been recognized by all International Organizations including International Society of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine ISRPM.

Early rehabilitation results have been reported in reduction of duration of hospitalization, early restoration of function, prevention of secondary and tertiary complications and help prevent psychological trauma.

Delayed treatment becomes more difficult to manage with contractures, pressure ulcers, Urinary tract infection, deformities and chronic pain which make rehabilitation more expensive with poor outcomes.

Keywords: Rehabilitation medicine, disability, disaster management, EArly rehabilitation.

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Publication:Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal
Date:Apr 30, 2016
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