1 Canadian Field Hospital in Haiti: surgical experience in earthquake relief

1 Canadian Field Hospital in Haiti: surgical experience in earthquake relief

Can J Surg 2014;55(4)271-274 | PDF

Max Talbot, MD; Bethann Meunier, MD; Vincent Trottier, MD; Michael Christian, MD; Tracey Hillier, MD; Chris Berger, MD; Vivian McAlister, MB; Scott Taylor, MD

From the 1 Canadian Field Hospital, Canadian Forces


The Canadian Forces’ (CF) deployable hospital, 1 Canadian Field Hospital, was deployed to Haiti after an earthquake that caused massive devastation. Two surgical teams performed 167 operations over a 39-day period starting 17 days after the index event. Most operations were unrelated to the earthquake. Replacing or supplementing the destroyed local surgical capacity for a brief period after a disaster can be a valuable contribution to relief efforts. For future humanitarian operations/disaster response missions, the CF will study the feasibility of accelerating the deployment of surgical capabilities.


L’hôpital déployable des Forces canadiennes, le 1er Hôpital de campagne du Canada, a été envoyé à Haïti après un tremblement de terre qui a causé une dévastation massive. Deux équipes chirurgicales ont effectué 167 opérations au cours d’une période de 39 jours ayant débuté 17 jours après l’événement indice. La plupart des interventions chirurgicales n’étaient pas reliées au tremblement de terre. Le remplacement ou la supplémentation pendant une courte période de la capacité chirurgicale locale détruite à la suite d’une catastrophe peut être une contribution précieuse aux efforts de secours. En vue de futures missions de chirurgie humanitaire et réponse aux catastrophes, les Forces canadiennes étudieront la possibilité d’accélérer le déploiement des capacités chirurgicales.

Accepted for publication Mar. 24, 2011

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: M. Talbot, C. Berger and V. McAlister designed the article. M. Talbot, B. Meunier, V. Trottier, T. Hillier, V. McAlister and S. Taylor acquired the data. M. Talbot, T. Hillier, M. Christian and V. McAlister analyzed the data. M. Talbot, M. Christian and V. McAlister wrote the article. All authors reviewed the article and approved its publication.

Disclaimer: This paper represents the views of the authors and does not represent the official views of the Canadian Forces, the Department of National Defence or the Canadian government.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.039010

Correspondence to: M. Talbot, 2155 Guy St., Suite 1110, Montréal QC H3H 2R9; max_talbot@hotmail.com