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Emergency Response to the Canberra Bushfires

Richardson, Drew; Kumar, Sashi


On 18 January 2003, Canberra experienced major bushfires. Over 6 hours, The Canberra Hospital Emergency Department treated 139 patients, 105 with fire-related problems (mostly ophthalmological and respiratory), representing an additional workload of one patient every 4 minutes above average. Only 15% required hospital admission. We believe this is the largest single emergency department response to a disaster since Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin in 1974, although the total severity of injury...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Medical Journal of Australia


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