Mass disasters. Part 1. Role of the general dentist.
In this article, the first of two on the involvement of dentists in a mass disaster, the focus is primarily on mass disasters in general, some common characteristics and types of disasters, those agencies or individuals involved in the management of a disaster, the different phases of a disaster and the position of the forensic dental identification team (FDIT). Part 2 will deal with the functions, responsibilities and jurisdiction of the FDIT during the various phases of a disaster and more specifically immediately after the disaster.