Field treatment of search dogs: lessons learned from the World Trade Center disaster
Article first published online: 21 APR 2002
Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Volume 12, Issue 1, pages 33–41, March 2002
How to Cite
Otto, C. M., Franz, M. A., Kellogg, B., Lewis, R., Murphy, L. and Lauber, G. (2002), Field treatment of search dogs: lessons learned from the World Trade Center disaster. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 12: 33–41. doi: 10.1046/j.1435-6935.2002.00004.x
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2002
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2002
- disaster planning;
- emergency medicine;
- field management;
- first aid;
Objective: To provide a synthesis of information learned by the veterinary community during the care and treatment of search and rescue dogs in a large-scale urban disaster.
Summary: Disaster medicine requires several stages. The most important stage is the planning stage. To function effectively and safely in a disaster situation, a disaster response plan and prior training in disaster response are essential. The execution of a disaster plan requires coordination and communication with multiple agencies. Treatment of search and rescue dogs involves front line field care for life-threatening emergencies, a first aid station or MASH unit in close proximity to the disaster and/or base of operations for stabilization and general medical care, and local full service veterinary hospitals for specialty and extended care.
New or Unique information provided: This report is a summary of experiences gained in preparing for and implementing veterinary care in a major disaster. Medical conditions that affected search and rescue dogs and were treated by veterinary disaster responders at the World Trade Center are presented.