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.
Correspondence to: R.L. Kao, Victoria Hospital, London ON N6A 5A5, email@example.com