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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227062/vision-based-responders-localization-techniques-in-urban-search-and-rescue-scenarios
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Zhuorui Yang, Aura Ganz, Zhuorui Yang, Aura Ganz, Zhuorui Yang, Aura Ganz
In this paper, we introduce a vision-based localization algorithm that can accurately track responders during rescue operations in urban areas that are Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-denied. The proposed algorithm works successfully with the rich visual features of an urban environment and obtains an average localization accuracy of 2.5 ft. In addition, we also provide a 3D representation of the disaster field which reflects the current conditions of the site.
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226069/rural-families-interpretations-of-experiencing-unexpected-transition-in-the-wake-of-a-natural-disaster
#2
Gisele Cristina Manfrini Fernandes, Astrid Eggert Boehs, Sharon A Denham, Rosane Gonçalves Nitschke, Jussara Gue Martini
Natural disasters affect populations in various parts of the world. The impacts of disasters can cause many problems to the health of people and disruption to family life, potentially leading to an unexpected transition. The objective of this paper is to present the unexpected transitional experiences of rural families following a natural disaster. A multiple case study of six families was conducted with children and adolescents in a rural area affected by a 2008 disaster in southern Brazil. For data collection, we used participant observation, narrative interviews, genograms, ecomaps and an instrument called calendar routine...
February 13, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224872/-lessons-learned-from-the-evacuation-of-the-vu-university-medical-centre-after-flooding
#3
T H Biesheuvel, C Brouwers, F W Bloemers
On 8 September 2015, flooding of the lower floors of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam caused serious damage to many vital technical services, such as water and power supplies. The decision was made to completely evacuate the university hospital. This paper describes the chronology and events of that day and shares a number of important lessons that were learned, in order to help readers to optimise crisis organisation in their own institutions. A serious situation or disaster can never be standardised in protocols or manuals; flexibility, improvisation and confidence in one another's expertise and commitment are therefore essential...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224347/emergency-medical-service-systems-in-sri-lanka-problems-of-the-past-challenges-of-the-future
#4
Kelum Wimalaratne, Jeong Il Lee, Kang Hyun Lee, Hee Young Lee, Jung Hun Lee, In Hye Kang
INTRODUCTION: The concept of emergency medical services (EMS) is new to Sri Lanka. This article describes the development, delivery, and future ideas for EMS in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka also faces frequent natural hazards that justify the establishment of an EMS service. METHODOLOGY: Data and information regarding emergency medical care in Sri Lanka were collected and reviewed from resources including websites and research papers. RESULTS: Currently, there are no qualified emergency medical physicians in Sri Lanka...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222849/considering-employee-needs-during-a-catastrophe-requires-innovative-recovery-plans-why-traditional-workplace-recovery-solutions-are-outdated
#5
Joe Sullivan
Mobile technology has changed the way we live and operate, with co-working, flexible spaces and home office solutions that offer us the freedom to work when and where we choose. However, when disaster strikes the workplace, people are often the last to be considered in the recovery process. This paper examines strategies for businesses and their employees to continue working after a disaster strikes. It explores the trends in the market, the benefits and drawbacks of different approaches and the attitudes of continuity experts and small business owners who have the responsibility to ensure that businesses, and people, continue to function, even when their main place of work is inaccessible...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222848/disability-integration-throughout-the-disaster-cycle-of-prepare-respond-and-recover
#6
Mary Casey-Lockyer, Shari Myers
This paper will discuss the integration of individuals with access and functional needs including those with disabilities throughout the disaster cycle of prepare, respond and recover. The current environment of disaster planning response and recovery in regards to individuals with disabilities will be highlighted. Practical steps for emergency managers to better inclusion of all will be outlined and a table to assist clients in indentifying the type of shelter to best fit their needs is included. Best practices for recovery are also discussed...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222847/relying-on-the-national-mobile-disaster-hospital-as-a-business-continuity-strategy-in-the-aftermath-of-a-tornado-the-louisville-experience
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Randy D Kearns, Lew Stringer, James Craig, Regina Godette-Crawford, Paul S Black, David L Andra, James Winslow
On 28th April, 2014, a tornado left much of Louisville, MS and the local hospital, Winston Medical Center, in ruin. In the USA, temporary hospital solutions have been used to augment the mainstream healthcare system since the American Civil War. As memories fade, however, the necessary readiness for a temporary hospital also fades, at times leaving a patchwork of resources either underfunded or abandoned. With the creation of the Hospital Preparedness Program, several temporary hospital solutions were created in various states across the USA...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222830/impact-of-early-vasopressor-administration-on-neurological-outcomes-after-prolonged-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
#8
Michael W Hubble, Clark Tyson
: Introduction Vasopressors are associated with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), but no long-term benefit has been demonstrated in randomized trials. However, these trials did not control for the timing of vasopressor administration which may influence outcomes. Consequently, the objective of this study was to develop a model describing the likelihood of favorable neurological outcome (cerebral performance category [CPC] 1 or 2) as a function of the public safety answering point call receipt (PSAP)-to-pressor-interval (PPI) in prolonged out-of-hospital cardiac arrest...
February 22, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222816/successful-hospital-evacuation-after-the-kumamoto-earthquakes-japan-2016
#9
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/28221958/using-a-six-sigma-fishbone-analysis-approach-to-evaluate-the-effect-of-extreme-weather-events-on-salmonella-positives-in-young-chicken-slaughter-establishments
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John W Linville, Douglas Schumann, Christopher Aston, Stephanie Defibaugh-Chavez, Scott Seebohm, Lucy Touhey
A six sigma fishbone analysis approach was used to develop a machine learning model in SAS, Version 9.4, by using stepwise linear regression. The model evaluated the effect of a wide variety of variables, including slaughter establishment operational measures, normal (30-year average) weather, and extreme weather events on the rate of Salmonella -positive carcasses in young chicken slaughter establishments. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) verification carcass sampling data, as well as corresponding data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, from September 2011 through April 2015, were included in the model...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220729/caring-for-older-adults-in-disasters
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220728/caring-for-older-adults-in-disasters-a-special-collection-of-papers-for-a-special-population
#12
Kelly Gulley, Kandra Strauss-Riggs, Craig Goolsby
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220344/personal-factors-affecting-ethical-performance-in-healthcare-workers-during-disasters-and-mass-casualty-incidents-in-iran-a-qualitative-study
#13
Mehrzad Kiani, Mohsen Fadavi, Hamidreza Khankeh, Fariba Borhani
In emergencies and disasters, ethics are affected by both personal and organizational factors. Given the lack of organizational ethical guidelines in the disaster management system in Iran, the present study was conducted to explain the personal factors affecting ethics and ethical behaviors among disaster healthcare workers. The present qualitative inquiry was conducted using conventional content analysis to analyze the data collected from 21 in-depth unstructured interviews with healthcare workers with an experience of attending one or more fields of disaster...
February 20, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219471/a-descriptive-analysis-of-tactical-casualty-care-interventions-performed-by-law-enforcement-personnel-in-the-state-of-wisconsin-2010-2015
#14
Chad M Stiles, Christopher Cook, Matthew D Sztajnkrycer
: Introduction Based upon military experience, law enforcement has developed guidelines for medical care during high-threat conditions. The purpose of the current study was to provide a descriptive analysis of reported outcomes of law enforcement medical interventions. METHODS: This was a descriptive analysis of a convenience sample of cases submitted to the Wisconsin Tactical Medicine Initiative (Wisconsin USA), after the provision of successful patient care, between January 2010 and December 2015...
February 21, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219461/evaluating-the-impact-of-pharmacies-on-pandemic-influenza-vaccine-administration
#15
Joy Schwerzmann, Samuel B Graitcer, Barbara Jester, David Krahl, Daniel Jernigan, Carolyn B Bridges, Joseph Miller
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to quantify the potential retail pharmacy vaccine administration capacity and its possible impact on pandemic influenza vaccine uptake. METHODS: We developed a discrete event simulation model by use of ExtendSim software (Imagine That Inc, San Jose, CA) to forecast the potential effect of retail pharmacy vaccine administration on total weekly vaccine administration and the time needed to reach 80% vaccination coverage with a single dose of vaccine per person...
February 21, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219457/maximum-time-to-rescue-after-the-1908-messina-reggio-calabria-earthquake-was-20-days-hints-for-disaster-planning
#16
Natale Gaspare De Santo, Carmela Bisaccia, Luca Salvatore De Santo
: Introduction Maximum time-to-rescue has been studied accurately for many earthquakes in the years 1985-2004. No study is available for historical quakes. Hypothesis/Problem This study aimed to evaluate long-term survivors (from the fifth day after the quake) of the Messina-Reggio Calabria earthquake (1908; Italy), which is considered, historically, to be the worst seismic event in Europe. METHODS: Accurate readings of 11 national newspapers from the fifth day after the quake looking for rescued persons and transferring, to an ad hoc form, all data relating to each rescued person...
February 21, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219456/an-electronic-competency-based-evaluation-tool-for-assessing-humanitarian-competencies-in-a-simulated-exercise
#17
Andrea B Evans, Jennifer M Hulme, Peter Nugus, Hilarie H Cranmer, Melanie Coutu, Kirsten Johnson
METHODS: The evaluation tool was first derived from the formerly Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies' (CBHA; United Kingdom), now "Start Network's," Core Humanitarian Competency Framework and formatted in an electronic data capture tool that allowed for offline evaluation. During a 3-day humanitarian simulation event, participants in teams of eight to 10 were evaluated individually at multiple injects by trained evaluators. Participants were assessed on five competencies and a global rating scale...
February 21, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219452/stop-stroke-a-brief-report-on-door-to-needle-times-and-performance-after-implementing-an-acute-care-coordination-medical-application-and-implications-to-emergency-medical-services
#18
Robert Dickson, Adrian Nedelcut, Melissa McPeek Nedelcut
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of the Stop Stroke (Pulsara; Bozeman, Montana USA) medical application on door-to-needle (DTN) time in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with an acute ischemic stroke (AIS). METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of the Good Shepherd Health System (Longview, Texas USA) stroke quality improvement dashboard for a 25-month period from February 2012 through February 2014. Data analysis includes all data from Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS; Baltimore, Maryland USA) reportable cases receiving Tissue Plasminogen Activator (TPA) for AIS during the study period...
February 21, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215638/libby-the-long-legacy-of-a-public-health-disaster
#19
Aaron van Dorn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215195/tetanus-a-potential-public-health-threat-in-times-of-disaster
#20
Paige Finkelstein, Laura Teisch, Casey J Allen, Gabriel Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Tetanus is a potentially fatal condition that is rare in urban environments but is seen in developing countries and post-natural-disaster. Therefore, the purpose of this report was to review the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and management of tetanus in the trauma patient. METHODS: A thorough literature review was conducted to look for the most current and thorough guidelines on the prophylaxis and treatment of tetanus. PUBMED (National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland USA), MEDLINE (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland USA), and Cochrane Library (The Cochrane Collaboration; Oxford, United Kingdom) databases were searched for articles in English, published from 2005 to 2015, using the keywords "Tetanus," "Trauma/Surgery," and "Disaster...
February 20, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
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