DISASTER MEDICINEA more rational approach to medical disaster management applied retrospectively to the Enschede fireworks disaster, 13 May 2000de Boer, Jana; Debacker, Michelb cAuthor Information aDepartment of Surgery, Free University Hospital, Amsterdam, the Netherlands bDepartment of Critical Care, Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium cDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium Correspondence to Professor Dr J. de Boer, Hoog Barge 37, 7211 DT Eefde, the Netherlands. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Received 15 January 2002 Revised 4 September 2002 Accepted 1 October 2002 European Journal of Emergency Medicine: June 2003 - Volume 10 - Issue 2 - p 117-123 Buy Abstract As in any other medical discipline, developments in disaster medicine have occurred. A model for medical disaster management is briefly discussed and then applied retrospectively to the Enschede fireworks disaster (2000). Differences between the theoretical model and the actual situation are shown with respect to the number of casualties, the average severity of injury sustained, the medical rescue capacity, the medical transport capacity and hospital treatment capacity. It was concluded that the proposed model for the management of disasters with traumatically injured victims worked adequately. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.