Prehospital management of earthquake casualties buried under rubble

Prehosp Disaster Med. Mar-Apr 2005;20(2):122-33. doi: 10.1017/s1049023x00002302.


Earthquakes continue to exact a heavy toll on life, injury, and loss of property. Survival of casualties extricated from under the rubble depends upon early medical interventions by emergency teams on site. The objective of this paper is to review the pertinent literature and to analyze the information as a practical guideline for the medical management of casualties accidentally buried alive.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Disasters*
  • Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Rescue Work*
  • Triage
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*