A week since a devastating earthquake in Haiti, the health needs for survivors in the impoverished country are changing. Many are still vulnerable to injury and death, but only in new ways, USA Today
reports. Disaster and emergency medicine experts say that in the United States, broken bones, lacerations, abrasions, and bruises are not typically life-threatening. But limited medical supplies, poor travel conditions that limit delivery of what medical supplies do exist, contaminated drinking water, and a broken sanitation system probably will delay healing of earthquake-inflicted wounds and magnify any pre-existing conditions.