Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters - vol. XII - n 2 - June 1999

MBC NEWS

 

RESOLUTION
ON THE SAFETY OF BUTANE GAS DISPENSERS IN DOMESTIC USE
THE MEDITERRANEAN CLUB FOR BURNS AND FIRE DISASTERS,
AT ITS
10' ANNUAL MEETING IN ATHENS, GREECE, OCTOBER 29-31,1998

Whereas
Butane gas dispensing containers are very common in domestic use in several countries of the Mediterranean Basin,

noting
these implements are a health hazard, as a frequent and major cause of extensive burns among these populations,

and considering that
there is inadequate legislation and insufficient information on their risks and safe use by the consumer,

the Mediterranean Club for Burns and Fire Disasters resolves to
initiate, study and promote prevention and improved treatment of burns and fire disasters caused by these dispensers,

and calls upon
Governments, national and local authorities, industry and intergovernmental organizations to initiate and strengthen legislation concerning the manufacture and safe use of these products.


INFORMATIC UPDATE

Informatic Update is a new feature that we shall be publishing regularly in 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 application 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 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
E-mail: mbcpa@cres.it


MBC - PREVENTION CAMPAIGNS

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.: + 39 091 6663631 - Fax: + 39 091 596404.



 

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