The catastrophic earthquake in Haiti’s 2010 case was the worst experienced in the country. The earthquake left in its wake approximately three (3) million people affected. Over 250,000 lives were lost as a result of the earthquake and over 300,000 people injured (Hou & Shi, 2011). Millions left without shelter, food, clothes, or medical assistance attracting medical missions for assistance. The profound magnitude of the Haiti 2010 catastrophic earthquake shows a profound need for nursing intervention. During the disaster, nursing expertise is an integral entity to get people going during the difficult and high-risk period to save a life.
The primary prevention that could be exhibited by nursing intervention in such a case consist of treating minor wounds and injuries to prevent individuals from becoming infected. The secondary prevention comprises of the treatment of infected wounds that could develop into serious and lifelong injuries. The tertiary prevention nursing intervention in the case entails taking severe measures such as cutting of a leg or hand, or major surgeries as the wound from the injuries acquired from the disaster risk becoming a major health problem (Scrymgeour, Smith & Paton, 2016). In efforts to save the individual, amputation can be conducted as a tertiary nursing intervention measure. The three proposed interventions fall in the response phase of the disaster. This is because, the disaster has already happened and requires subsequent and extensive interventions to reduce and prevent the disaster escalate into new health problems. This paves the way for recovery following the aftermath of the disaster.
In such a scenario, working with the military, first emergency responders’ groups such as the Red Cross, Amref, and other international organizations would be essential. Also, working with E.M.T.s is fundamental and nearby hospitals. In the case where the hospitals are flooded or destroyed, working with the community is crucial in setting up health center in churches, schools, among other social halls, stadiums, or centers in close proximity for emergency nursing interventions.