Disasters and the surge environment

David L. Glotzer, DDS, Walter J. Psoter, DDS, PhD


With the recent actual, and the anticipated possible, disastrous events in this country, it is an absolute duty of responsible agencies on all levels to prepare and improve the medical response system. Past experience has shown that one critical area of preparedness that needs to be addressed is the available number of trained individuals in the public health workforce that can and will respond. We propose that the dental profession, with proper additional training and integration into an organized healthcare system, can be one additional source of this much needed manpower.


disaster, surge response, dental profession

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2006.0032


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