Disaster training: lessons learnt from the 2008 Sichuan China earthquake

Gaps in training have been identified from reviews of the experiences of prehospital medical personnel faced with previous disasters like the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. It would be useful to identify and develop standardised training and educational core competencies in pre-hospital disaster training adapted to the local situation and health system in China. This paper identified six areas of training needs for responders to enhance their effectiveness in disaster settings. Two levels of training for frontline first responders and disaster response managers may be the best approach to encompass the wide range of competencies expected to deal with disaster situations. Healthcare professionals globally have much to learn from the experiences and lessons of natural disasters in China.

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