Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters - vol. X - n. 2 - June 1997



Informatic Update 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 attention.
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 information science.
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)
Informatic News
Divisione di Chirurgia Plastica e Terapia delle Ustioni.
Ospedale Civico, Via Carmelo Lazzaro, 90127 Palermo, Italy



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 Everyday Life
  • 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 charge.

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 Collaborating Centre

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.


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