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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597855/post-disaster-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-experience-from-the-2015-nepal-earthquake
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Surendra Sherchan, Reuben Samuel, Kedar Marahatta, Nazneen Anwar, Mark Humphrey Van Ommeren, Roderico Ofrin
On 25 April 2015, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck Nepal, which, along with the subsequent aftershocks, killed 8897 people, injured 22 303 and left 2.8 million homeless. Previous efforts to provide services for mental health and psychological support (MHPSS) in humanitarian settings in Nepal have been largely considered inadequate and poorly coordinated. Immediately after the earthquake, the Government of Nepal declared a state of emergency and the health sector started to respond. The immediate response to the earthquake was coordinated following the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) cluster approach...
April 2017: WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446229/expanding-protection-motivation-theory-investigating-an-application-to-animal-owners-and-emergency-responders-in-bushfire-emergencies
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Rachel Westcott, Kevin Ronan, Hilary Bambrick, Melanie Taylor
BACKGROUND: Protection Motivation Theory (PMT) was developed by Rogers in 1975, to describe how individuals are motivated to react in a self-protective way towards a perceived health threat. Rogers expected the use of PMT to diversify over time, which has proved true over four decades. The purpose of this paper is to explore how PMT can be used and expanded to inform and improve public safety strategies in natural hazards. As global climate change impacts on the Australian environment, natural hazards seem to be increasing in scale and frequency, and Emergency Services' public education campaigns have necessarily escalated to keep pace with perceived public threat...
April 26, 2017: BMC Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395673/rural-community-disaster-preparedness-and-risk-perception-in-trujillo-peru
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Matthew Stewart, Bridget Grahmann, Ariel Fillmore, L Scott Benson
Introduction Disasters will continue to occur throughout the world and it is the responsibility of the government, health care systems, and communities to adequately prepare for potential catastrophic scenarios. Unfortunately, low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) are especially vulnerable following a disaster. By understanding disaster preparedness and risk perception, interventions can be developed to improve community preparedness and avoid unnecessary mortality and morbidity following a natural disaster...
April 11, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359388/the-2015-nepal-earthquake-disaster-lessons-learned-one-year-on
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M L Hall, A C K Lee, C Cartwright, S Marahatta, J Karki, P Simkhada
INTRODUCTION: The 2015 earthquake in Nepal killed over 8000 people, injured more than 21,000 and displaced a further 2 million. One year later, a national workshop was organized with various Nepali stakeholders involved in the response to the earthquake. The workshop provided participants an opportunity to reflect on their experiences and sought to learn lessons from the disaster. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-five participants took part and most had been directly involved in the earthquake response...
April 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228972/emergency-preparedness-and-management-at-the-university-of-l-aquila-central-italy-and-the-role-of-students-associations-in-the-april-6th-2009-earthquake
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Michele Magni, Rita Fraboni, Fausto Marincioni
INTRODUCTION: On April 6th 2009 an earthquake of Mw=6.3 hit the historical downtown of L'Aquila and its hinterland causing more than 300 fatalities and severe damage to private and public buildings. At the time, the University of L'Aquila represented a major source of employment and income for the city. The earthquake impacted both the facilities and the administrative, financial and patrimonial activities of the university, bringing into the open the tendency - widespread in Italy - to rely on adaptive tactics rather than on strategic pre-disaster plans...
January 12, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222816/successful-hospital-evacuation-after-the-kumamoto-earthquakes-japan-2016
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Takashi Nagata, Shinkichi Himeno, Akihiro Himeno, Manabu Hasegawa, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Makoto Hashizume, Yoshihiko Maehara, Masami Ishii
Two major earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan in April 2016. Disaster response was immediately provided, including disaster medical services. Many hospitals were damaged and patients needed immediate evacuation to alternative facilities. The hospital bed capacity of Kumamoto Prefecture was overwhelmed, and transportation of more than 100 patients was needed. Hospital evacuation was carried out smoothly with the coordinated efforts of multiple agencies. The overall operation was deemed a success because patients were transported in a timely manner without any significant adverse events...
February 22, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175929/resource-constrained-information-management-providing-governments-with-information-for-earthquake-preparedness
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Michael Vatenmacher, Shabtai Isaac, Tal Svoray
This study seeks to attain a better understanding of the information that is required by governments to prepare for earthquakes, and of the constraints they face in obtaining this information. The contributions of the study are two-fold. A survey that was conducted among those responsible for earthquake preparedness actions in different governmental agencies and at different levels revealed on the one hand a desire for information on a broad range of topics, but on the other hand that no resources were allocated in practice to gather this information...
May 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162117/setting-foundations-for-developing-disaster-response-metrics
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Mahshid Abir, Sue Anne Bell, Neha Puppala, Osama Awad, Melinda Moore
There are few reported efforts to define universal disaster response performance measures. Careful examination of responses to past disasters can inform the development of such measures. As a first step toward this goal, we conducted a literature review to identify key factors in responses to 3 recent events with significant loss of human life and economic impact: the 2003 Bam, Iran, earthquake; the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Using the PubMed (National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD) database, we identified 710 articles and retained 124 after applying inclusion and exclusion criteria...
February 6, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134070/earthquake-related-orthopedic-injuries-in-adult-population-a-systematic-review
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Michelangelo Bortolin, Ilaria Morelli, Amalia Voskanyan, Nina R Joyce, Gregory R Ciottone
Introduction Earthquake-related trauma results in crush injuries and bony- and soft-tissue trauma. There are no systematic reviews analyzing the typical injury patterns and treatments in "Mega-Mass-Casualty" earthquakes. The characterization of an injury pattern specific to disaster type, be it natural or manmade, is imperative to build an effective disaster preparedness and response system. METHODS: The systematic review was conducted in accordance with Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA)...
January 30, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093095/pregnant-women-s-awareness-of-social-capital-in-the-great-east-japan-earthquake-affected-areas-of-miyagi-prefecture-the-japan-environment-and-children-s-study
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Hidekazu Nishigori, Toshie Nishigori, Kasumi Sakurai, Satoshi Mizuno, Taku Obara, Hirohito Metoki, Zen Watanabe, Noriyuki Iwama, Mami Ishikuro, Nozomi Tatsuta, Ichiko Nishijima, Junichi Sugawara, Shinichi Kuriyama, Ikuma Fujiwara, Takahiro Arima, Kunihiko Nakai, Fumiaki Takahashi, Nobuo Yaegashi
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to clarify the correlation between the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and pregnant women's awareness of social capital 3 to 9 months after the tsunami disaster. METHODS: We analyzed data on responses to a questionnaire by 7451 pregnant women in their second to third trimesters. The proportions of social capital-related items were calculated in the north and south coastal areas of Miyagi Prefecture and were compared with national samples. The factors associated with social capital were estimated by use of multivariate logistic regression analyses...
January 17, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065174/challenges-of-hospital-response-to-the-twin-earthquakes-of-august-21-2012-in-east-azerbaijan-iran
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Mahboub Pouraghaei, Ali Jannati, Peyman Moharamzadeh, Amir Ghaffarzad, Moharram Heshmati Far, Javad Babaie
OBJECTIVE: As the cornerstone of any health system, hospitals have a crucial role in response to disasters. Because hospital experiences in disaster response can be instructive, this study examined the challenges of hospital response to the twin earthquakes of 2012 in East Azerbaijan, Iran. METHODS: In this qualitative study, the challenges of hospital response in the East Azerbaijan earthquakes were examined through focus group discussions. Participants were selected purposefully, and focus group discussions continued until data saturation...
January 9, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27628536/human-trafficking-in-nepal-post-earthquake-risk-and-response
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Bishal Gyawali, June Keeling, Per Kallestrup
As Nepal mourns the 1-year commemoration of the April 2015 earthquake and its aftershocks that killed more than 8500 people and left thousands injured and displaced, other more hidden repercussions of the resultant chaotic environment need attention: the increased risk of human trafficking. Considering that natural disasters provide a milieu for this illicit trade, there is a need for a robust response from stakeholders such as donors, civil society organizations, and government organizations against human trafficking following disasters such as the Nepal earthquake...
September 15, 2016: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27466457/lessons-learned-from-the-accident-at-the-fukushima-dai-ichi-nuclear-power-plant-more-than-basic-knowledge-education-and-its-effects-improve-the-preparedness-and-response-to-radiation-emergency
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Misao Hachiya, Makoto Akashi
A huge earthquake struck the northeast coast of the main island of Japan on 11 March 2011 triggering an extremely large tsunami to hit the area. The earthquake and tsunami caused serious damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plants (NPPs) of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), resulting in large amounts of radioactive materials being released into the environment. The major nuclides released were (131)I, (134)Cs and (137)Cs. The deposition of these radioactive materials on land resulted in a high ambient dose of radiation around the NPPs, especially within a 20-km radius...
September 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27460161/disaster-preparedness-among-older-japanese-adults-with-long-term-care-needs-and-their-family-caregivers
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Tomoko Wakui, Emily M Agree, Tami Saito, Ichiro Kai
OBJECTIVE: In the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, as in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the United States, older individuals were at the greatest risk of mortality. Much concern has been raised about developing plans to reduce these risks, but little information has been provided about preparedness, and the key role played by caregivers has been largely unexplored. The aims of this study were thus to examine the preparedness of family caregivers of older adults with long-term care needs and to identify the characteristics of older adults and their caregivers that are associated with poor preparedness and greater concern about disasters...
July 27, 2016: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27379225/rebuilding-earthquake-struck-nepal-through-community-engagement
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Bipin Adhikari, Shiva Raj Mishra, Shristi Raut
Nepal underwent two major earthquakes during 2015 which claimed 9,000 deaths, left more than 23,000 injured, displaced about 2 million people and destroyed about 1,000 health facilities. Emerging health issues and disease outbreaks soon after the earthquakes were major priorities. However, preventive measures such as health education, health promotion and trainings embedded in community engagement remained largely unimplemented. Establishing community preparedness by delivering knowledge about the disasters, preparing contingency plans and conducting disaster drills can be promising in Nepal where geographical inaccessibility invariably impedes the on time management during disasters...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27349809/disaster-medicine-in-china-present-and-future
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Shi-Ke Hou, Qi Lv, Hui Ding, Yong-Zhong Zhang, Bao-Guo Yu, Zi-Quan Liu, Bin Su, Jin-Yang Liu, Meng-Yang Yu, Zhi-Guang Sun, Hao-Jun Fan
Disaster can strike people in any community at any time anywhere in the world. Disasters occur with high frequency, take on multiple forms, and exert wide influence, typically causing property damage, injuries, and death. As the world's largest developing country, China incurs great costs when a disaster hits. After the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, the Chinese government focused its attention on the construction of an emergency response system, the creation of disaster prevention and mitigation systems, and the development of a disaster medicine program...
June 28, 2016: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27277496/the-2015-nepal-earthquake-s-lessons-learned-from-the-disability-and-rehabilitation-sector-s-preparation-for-and-response-to-natural-disasters
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Michel D Landry, Phillip S Sheppard, Kit Leung, Chiara Retis, Edwin C Salvador, Sudha R Raman
The frequency of natural disasters appears to be mounting at an alarming rate, and the degree to which people are surviving such traumatic events also is increasing. Postdisaster survival often triggers increases in population and individual disability-related outcomes in the form of impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions, all of which have an important impact on the individual, his or her family, and their community. The increase in postdisaster disability-related outcomes has provided a rationale for the increased role of the disability and rehabilitation sector's involvement in emergency response, including physical therapists...
November 2016: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26971453/-medical-relief-response-by-miyako-public-health-center-after-the-great-east-japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-2011
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Hiroki Yanagihara
OBJECTIVES: To improve disaster preparedness, we investigated the response of medical relief activities managed by Iwate Prefectural Miyako Public Health Center during the post-acute phase of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011. METHODS: The study divided the post-disaster period into three approximate time segments: Period I (time of disaster through late March), Period II (mid-April), and Period III (end of May in Miyako City, early July in Yamada Town)...
2016: [Nihon Kōshū Eisei Zasshi] Japanese Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26967576/disaster-preparedness-and-response-improvement-comparison-of-the-2010-haiti-earthquake-related-diagnoses-with-baseline-medical-data
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Gerlant van Berlaer, Tom Staes, Dirk Danschutter, Ronald Ackermans, Stefano Zannini, Gabriele Rossi, Ronald Buyl, Geert Gijs, Michel Debacker, Ives Hubloue
OBJECTIVES: Disaster medicine research generally lacks control groups. This study aims to describe categories of diagnoses encountered by the Belgian First Aid and Support Team after the 2010 Haiti earthquake and extract earthquake-related changes from comparison with comparable baseline data. The hypothesis is that besides earthquake-related trauma, medical problems emerge soon, questioning an appropriate composition of Foreign Medical Teams and Interagency Emergency Health Kits. METHODS: Using a descriptive cohort study design, diagnoses of patients presenting to the Belgian field hospital were prospectively registered during 4 weeks after the earthquake and compared with those recorded similarly by Médecins Sans Frontières in the same area and time span in previous and later years...
March 10, 2016: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26959647/an-integrated-and-interdisciplinary-model-for-predicting-the-risk-of-injury-and-death-in-future-earthquakes
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Stav Shapira, Lena Novack, Yaron Bar-Dayan, Limor Aharonson-Daniel
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive technique for earthquake-related casualty estimation remains an unmet challenge. This study aims to integrate risk factors related to characteristics of the exposed population and to the built environment in order to improve communities' preparedness and response capabilities and to mitigate future consequences. METHODS: An innovative model was formulated based on a widely used loss estimation model (HAZUS) by integrating four human-related risk factors (age, gender, physical disability and socioeconomic status) that were identified through a systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological data...
2016: PloS One
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