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The Initial Health-System Response to The Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in February, 2011

Ardagh, M.W., Richardson, S.K., Robinson, V., et al. (2012). The Initial Health-System Response to The Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in February, 2011. (Article free with registration.) Lancet.379(9831):2109-15.

The authors describe their experiences and lessons learned working in the emergency department of the only regional acute care hospital following the 2011 New Zealand earthquake. They note that emergency department response plans should account for patients arriving in atypical ways; loss of power; the need for paper registration and tracking systems; volunteer management; and teamwork with clear leadership, among other things.
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