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Table 3 Key factors related to the pre-hospital medical services during the medical response to the Bam earthquake

From: Facilitators and obstacles in pre-hospital medical response to earthquakes: a qualitative study

Pre-hospital medical response Obstacles Facilitators
Triage - Absence of triage plan
- Absence of triage teams
- Absence of resources
- Medical specialists at the airport
Treatment - Absence of disaster plan
- Lack of Disaster Medical Assistance Teams
- Shortage of resources
- Trained medical personnel from Army
- Large number of medical volunteers
Transportation - Absence of transportation plan
- Lack of standardized transportation system
- No control on transportation of the casualties
- Airlifting of casualties by Army