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Soft tissue-related injuries sustained following volcanic eruptions: An integrative review


Beylin, A and Mantal, O and Haik, J and Kornhaber, R and Cleary, M and Neil, A and Harats, M, Soft tissue-related injuries sustained following volcanic eruptions: An integrative review, Burns pp. 1-22. ISSN 0305-4179 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.burns.2021.09.008


Background: The contribution of various volcanic phenomena to immediate soft tissue injury types has received limited attention challenging emergency management planning. This integrative review sought to investigate the immediate types of soft tissue-related injury sustained following volcanic eruptions.

Methods: A systematic search was conducted in January 2020 across EMBASE, PubMed, and Scopus databases. 718 articles were retrieved, and 15 studies met the final inclusion criteria.

Results: Injuries acquired, and health impacts were categorized by onset-direct/indirect or immediate/delayed. Health concerns following an eruption were categorised: (1) respiratory; (2) ocular; and (3) skin, including deep tissues. Respiratory concerns were attributed to ashfall, volcanic gases and pyroclastic density currents; most ocular injuries to ashfall; and skin/deep tissues to pyroclastic density currents with mudflows.

Conclusions: Volcanic eruptions simultaneously present multiple hazards with immediate/short term health consequences across three major levels (i.e., respiratory, ocular, and skin, including deep tissues). Hazard(s) differ by time of onset and associated mostly with the eruptive phenomena. Understanding local volcanic phenomenon is essential to assisting health personnel provide informed and timely care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:soft tissue injury, burns, volcanic eruptions, volcano, review
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Injury prevention
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Injury prevention and control
UTAS Author:Haik, J (Professor Josef Haik)
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
UTAS Author:Neil, A (Associate Professor Amanda Neil)
ID Code:147551
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-11-08
Last Modified:2022-07-11

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