|Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters -
vol. X - n. 2 - June 1997
is a new feature that we shall be publishing regularly as from this issue of Annals.
Our aim is to create a space where we can inform our readers about new developments in
information technology and review any new products which they may wish to submit to our
Information science has taken on an ever more important role in the medical field in the
last few years and the computer is now an irreplaceable work tool, especially for data
storing and processing. However, our years of experience with computerization at the
Department of Plastic Surgery and Burns Therapy in Palermo have led us to believe that the
computer can also be applied more specifically in the clinical field.
At present not many such clinical applications exist, mainly because medical software can
only be developed by persons who are competent in the two fields of medical and
Another purpose of this new feature is to stimulate collaboration among all those who -
like us - believe in the future development of the clinical application of the computer
and to attract the attention of people who are not yet fully aware of the computer's
potential. Relevant articles and actual applications can be sent to the address below:
Annals of Mediterranean Club for Burns and Fire Disasters (MBC)
Divisione di Chirurgia Plastica e Terapia delle Ustioni.
Ospedale Civico, Via Carmelo Lazzaro, 90127 Palermo, Italy
MBC - PREVENTION
The MBC, in the context of
the activities laid down in its Statute and intended to promote burn prevention campaigns,
has produced the following videotapes:
- The Prevention of Burns in Children
- The Prevention of Electrical Burns in
- The Prevention of Electrical Burns at Work
- The Prevention of Industrial Disasters
- How to Defend ourselves from Fire
- How to Defend ourselves from Forest Fire
The tapes have been
dubbed in English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Turkish and come in two
versions, U-MATIC and VHS.
All the tapes are available entirely free of charge to MBC Members who apply in writing to
receive them explaining their reasons and undertaking to use them exclusively to promote a
burn prevention campaign in their respective countries.
For non-members of MBC the tapes are available at a cost of US$ 25 each, including postal
Please address requests
to: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters, Divisione di Chirurgia Plastica e Terapia delle
Ustioni, Ospedale Civico, Via C. Lazzaro, 90127 Palermo, Italy, Tel.: + 39 91 6663631 -
Fax: + 39 91 596404.
MBC becomes WHO
Bum and fire management specialists
everywhere, and members of the MBC in particular, will learn with satisfaction and pride
that the World Health Organization has designated the Mediterranean Club for Bums and Fire
Disasters a WHO Collaborating Centre.
This is a clear recognition by the world's supreme health authority of the valuable
scientific, organizational and humanitarian contribution of the MBC to this painful and
difficult aspect of health management. With the official title of WHO Collaborating
Centre for Prevention and Treatment of Burns and Fire Disasters, our association
becomes the first and only scientific body in the world to be so designated, a challenge
that the MBC will meet with dignity, determination and efficacy.
In its next issue the Annals will describe in greater detail the privileges and
obligations involved in such an important and prestigious accolade, in a field that now
well overflows the shores of the Mediterranean.