The Bali bombing: The Royal Darwin Hospital response

Didier J. Palmer, Dianne Stephens, Dale A. Fisher, Brian Spain, David J. Read, Len Notaras

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After the Bali bombing on 12 October 2002, injured Australians were evacuated to Darwin. The first patients arrived at the Royal Darwin Hospital (RDM) 26 hours after the blasts. RDM assessed and resuscitated 61 patients (including 20 intensive care patients, with 15 requiring ventilation, 19 surgery and more than 20 escharotomies). RDM evacuated 48 patients to burns centres around Australia within 36 hours of the first patient arrivals at the hospital and 62 hours after the bomb blasts. The response was successful, but improvements are needed in coordination between the different groups involved in such operations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-361
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2003


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