Friday, January 21, 2005

Vacationing doctor calls on old lessons after tsunamis hit

Mark Oberle saved many injured survivors after the tsunami on the Thai island of Phucket using simple, makeshift medical tools. Oberle, a medical doctor, teacher and expert on bioterrorism surveillance, used basic know-how he picked up as a kid - basic Boy Scout survival techniques. With strips of clean sheets, bottled water and pieces of shattered furniture, he and other volunteers began to clean wounds and stop bleeding.

Oberle kept a diary to show others how to react in this kind of crisis and to get the trauma out of his system. He plans to draw from his experiences in an upcoming class on emergency preparedenss. "For me, it was like being in a chaotic emergency room," he said.

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