Earthquakes and the office-based surgeon

West J Med. 1992 Jul;157(1):79-82.


A major earthquake may strike while a surgeon is performing an operation in an office surgical facility. A sudden major fault disruption will lead to thousands of casualties and widespread destruction. Surgeons who operate in offices can help lessen havoc by careful preparation. These plans should coordinate with other disaster plans for effective triage, evacuation, and the treatment of casualties.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures
  • Disaster Planning*
  • Disasters*
  • Practice Management, Medical*
  • United States