Tetanus, pneumonia, and malaria in a tsunami victim in Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Mark R. Hanley*, William O'Regan, Scott Squires, Charmaine Tate

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Abstract

On December 26, 2004, a tsunami from the Indian Ocean struck the coastal city of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. This case report describes a 24-year-old woman who presented to the Dr. Zainoel Abidin Hospital in Banda Aceh on January 8, 2005, with a tsunami-related illness. The patient was initially treated for tetanus and aspiration pneumonia with a guarded prognosis. Her recovery was complicated by malaria and recurrent pneumonia. Treatment was hampered by a shortage of medication and equipment, damage to the hospital, and a filthy environment. Morphine, diazepam, and ketamine infusions were used to good effect. This case highlights some of the logistical problems of treating multiple tetanus patients in an austere environment. Reprint &

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1187-1189
Number of pages3
JournalMilitary Medicine
Volume171
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

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    Hanley, M. R., O'Regan, W., Squires, S., & Tate, C. (2006). Tetanus, pneumonia, and malaria in a tsunami victim in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Military Medicine, 171(12), 1187-1189.