Care of victims of suicide bombing

Care of victims of suicide bombing

Can J Surg 2018;61(6):S184-S187 | Full Text | PDF

Capt (Navy) Raymond L. Kao, MD; LCol Vivian C. McAlister, MB


Suicide bombers often target crowds. This commentary discusses the additional features required in a medical response beyond conventional mass casualty care, including forensic documentation, preservation of evidence, suspect tissue identification and viral status, victim counselling and postexposure prophylaxis. We propose a pathway for care of victims of a suicide bomb, adapting elements from protocols for child abuse, sexual assault and needle-stick exposure.

Accepted Oct. 10, 2018

Affiliations: From the Royal Canadian Medical Service.

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: Both authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this article and approved the final version for publication.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not constitute the views or policies of the Canadian Armed Forces.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.015618

Correspondence to: R.L. Kao, Victoria Hospital, London ON N6A 5A5,