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Regional variation in causes of injuries among terrorism victims for mass casualty events


Regional variation in causes of injuries among terrorism victims for mass casualty events

Abstract: 

The efficient allocation of medical resources to prepare for and respond to mass casualty events (MCEs) attributable to intentional acts of terrorism is a major challenge confronting disaster planners and emergency personnel. This research article examines variation in regional patterns in the causes of injures associated with 77,258 successful terrorist attacks that occurred between 1970 and 2013 involving the use of explosives, firearms, and/or incendiaries. The objective of this research is to estimate regional variation in the use of different conventional weapons in successful terrorist attacks in each world region on variation in injury cause distributions. Indeed, we find that the distributions of the number of injuries attributable to specific weapons types (i.e., by cause) vary greatly among the 13 world regions identified within the Global Terrorism Database.

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Regens, James L., and Amy Schultheiss, Nick Mould. 2015. "Regional variation in causes of injuries among terrorism victims for mass casualty events." Disaster and Emergency Medicine (August). http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2015.00198/abstract

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