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This paper provides a comparison between Earthquake Loss Estimation (ELE) software packages and their application using an " Open Source Procedure for Assessment of Loss using Global Earthquake Modelling software " (OPAL). The OPAL procedure was created to provide a framework for optimisation of a Global Earthquake Modelling process through: 1. overview of… (More)
A case of cardiac septal abscess in a patient with a porcine bioprosthetic aortic valve who gradually developed a complete atrioventricular block on successive electrocardiograms (ECG) is reported. Emergency physicians should consider endocarditis with septal abscess in a patient with a prosthetic heart valve who presents with fever and a new conduction… (More)
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is highly communicable and is the leading cause of acute and chronic liver disease worldwide. In recognition that 10,000 to 15,000 health care workers are becoming infected with HBV annually, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has instituted strict regulations and guidelines concerning the handling of… (More)
We introduce the approach of near-real-time Forensic Disaster Analysis (FDA) as a methodology to reveal key features of ongoing disasters using modern communication and information tools and the methods of loss analysis. The scientific background, the objectives and results from first pilot examples are discussed.