Perspectives on competencies for care in austere settings

David S. Kauvar*, Jay A. Yelon, Alison Wilson, Barbara A. Gaines, Matthew J. Martin, Jeremy W. Cannon

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ABSTRACT Austerity in surgical care may manifest by limited equipment/supplies, deficient infrastructure (power, water), rationing/triage requirements, or the unavailability of specialty surgical or medical expertise. Some settings in which surgeons may experience austerity include the following: military deployed operations (domestic and foreign), humanitarian surgical missions, care in rural or remote settings, mass-casualty events, natural disasters, and/or care in low- and some middle-income countries. Expanded competencies beyond those required in routine surgical practice can optimize the quality of surgical care in such settings. The purpose of this expert panel review is to introduce those competencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S179-S183
JournalJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes


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