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      Forensic odontology involvement in disaster victim identification.

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          Forensic odontology is one of three primary identifiers designated by Interpol to identify victims of mass casualty events. Forensic odontology is involved in all five phases-Scene, Postmortem, Antemortem, Reconciliation and Debrief. Forward planning, adequate funding, international cooperation and standardization are essential to guarantee an effective response. A Standard Operation Procedure should be utilized to maximize quality, facilitate occupation and health issues, maintain security and form a structure to the relief program. Issues that must be considered in the management of the forensic odontology component of disaster victim identification are given in "Appendix 1". Each stage of the disaster, from initial notification to debrief, is analyzed and a comprehensive checklist of actions suggested.

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          Journal
          Forensic Sci Med Pathol
          Forensic science, medicine, and pathology
          Springer Nature America, Inc
          1556-2891
          1547-769X
          Jun 2012
          : 8
          : 2
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Forensic Odontology Unit, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia. johnberketa@hotmail.com
          Article
          10.1007/s12024-011-9279-9
          21952930
          7f3537ab-5ff2-49cd-9db4-7d06fa6abeaa

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