Features  |   April 2017
What Anesthesiologists Should Know About Children in Disasters
Author Affiliations
  • Mohammed Iqbal Ahmed, M.B.B.S., FRCA, FAAP
    Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness
  • Joseph (Jay) McIsaac, M.D., M.S.
    Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness
Article Information
Pediatric Anesthesia / Features
Features   |   April 2017
What Anesthesiologists Should Know About Children in Disasters
ASA Monitor 04 2017, Vol.81, 22-25.
ASA Monitor 04 2017, Vol.81, 22-25.
In the 2010 Census, there were 74 million children (<18 years) in the United States, accounting for 24 percent of the population.1  This percentage approaches 50 percent in the developing world.2  Children are a very vulnerable group, likely to be frequent victims of natural and man-made disasters in significant numbers. Of the estimated 250,000 killed in the 2010 Haiti earthquake, nearly half were children. Whether exposed to natural disasters (epidemics, floods, earthquakes) or man-made disasters (war, terrorism, accidents), children have vulnerabilities and needs that are different from adults.3,4  Failure to consider them in disaster planning places children at risk of harm.4  Such specific concerns include:
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