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Citation

Eknoyan G. Ren. Fail. 1992; 14(3): 241-244.

Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1992, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

1509155

Abstract

A destructive earthquake devastated northwestern Armenia on December 7, 1988. The size of the affected area (radius of 50 miles), the time of the day when it occurred (11:41 a.m.), deficiencies in the design and construction of buildings, and inadequate initial rescue and relief capabilities resulted in one of the most lethal and traumatic natural disasters of the century. A large but unknown number (estimated at 225 to 385) of the extricated victims who had sustained crush injury developed myoglobinuric acute renal failure requiring dialytic support. The limited number (8-10 dialysis machines) of antiquated dialysis facilities available locally were overwhelmed. International dialysis relief efforts resulted in meeting the immediate acute needs and provided the motivation and elements of the more efficient system for the future delivery of maintenance dialysis.


Language: en

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