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Attack in Paris and occupational health
  1. Alexis Descatha1,2,3,
  2. Thomas Loeb3,
  3. Thomas Despréaux1,2
  1. 1AP-HP, Occupational Health Unit, University Hospital of West Suburb of Paris, Garches, France
  2. 2Versailles St-Quentin University UVSQ Inserm, Villejuif, France
  3. 3AP-HP, EMS92 (SAMU92), University Hospital of West Suburb of Paris, Garches, France
  1. Correspondence to Professor Alexis Descatha, AP-HP, Occupational Health Unit, University Hospital of West Suburb of Paris, CHU Poincaré, 104bd Poincaré, Garches 92380, France; Alexis.Descatha{at}

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This short correspondence about the sad November 13th events in Paris describes an original experience on the major role that occupational practitioners have to play in such a disaster.

During the weekend after a very distressing Friday the 13th, many health professionals spontaneously offered their help. In addition to the emergency professionals (emergency physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists), some occupational health professionals found themselves ready to play a role in dealing with these catastrophic events.

First, occupational doctors and nurses in charge of health practitioners had already become involved in the follow-up of the first medical responders.1 In addition to screening for psychological damage in those at the …

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  • Contributors AD, TL and TD participated equally in writing this letter. AD initiated the work, TD wrote the first draft and TL made the first revision.

  • Competing interests Authors received fees from their institutions for their work (Paris Hospital and Versailles University). AD has received fees from Elsevier Masson as editor-in-chief of the journal ‘les archives des maladies professionnelles et de l'environnement’.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.