Active Shooter, Explosives, Weapons of Mass Injury
Jul 14, 2022
Mass Casualty Trauma Management: Early Lessons from Beirut Webinar
This is a link to a free webinar hosted by The American College of Surgeons’ International Relations Committee and Committee on Trauma. On August 4, 2020, Beirut experienced the largest urban explosion since Hiroshima and Nagasaki when 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate detonated in the port area. In a city of 2 million citizens, 220 died, 6,000 were injured, and hundreds were missing. The city’s hospitals were severely damaged, with many patients injured or killed in the explosion and forcing multiple hospitals to evacuate their unharmed patients. The remaining hospitals were then overwhelmed with injuries from the three-second explosion.The webinar explores the trauma and mass casualty experience of our colleagues in Beirut, including an early look at the outcomes of the injured patients from that day.