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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330398/mental-health-consequences-and-social-issues-after-the-fukushima-disaster
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Masaharu Maeda, Misari Oe
The Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent nuclear power plant accident caused multidimensional and long-term effects on the mental health condition of people living in Fukushima. In this article, focusing on the influence of the nuclear disaster, we present an overview of studies regarding the psychosocial consequences of people in Fukushima. Studies revealed that the experiences of the explosions at the plant as well as the tsunami are deeply embedded in their memory, leading to posttraumatic responses...
March 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330396/psychosocial-issues-related-to-thyroid-examination-after-a-radiation-disaster
#2
Sanae Midorikawa, Koichi Tanigawa, Satoru Suzuki, Akira Ohtsuru
A thyroid ultrasound examination program has been conducted in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident to address concerns about the increased risk of thyroid cancer similar to those experienced by local residents after the 1986 Chernobyl accident. This is the second-largest thyroid cancer screening in younger age ever, following only that conducted after Chernobyl. As the natural history of thyroid cancer in younger populations is not well characterized, large-scale screening using thyroid ultrasound could result in overdiagnosis, even with careful planning, as has been experienced in South Korea...
March 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318461/the-event-chain-of-survival-in-the-context-of-music-festivals-a-framework-for-improving-outcomes-at-major-planned-events
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Adam Lund, Sheila Turris
Despite the best efforts of event producers and on-site medical teams, there are sometimes serious illnesses, life-threatening injuries, and fatalities related to music festival attendance. Producers, clinicians, and researchers are actively seeking ways to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with these events. After analyzing the available literature on music festival health and safety, several major themes emerged. Principally, stakeholder groups planning in isolation from one another (ie, in silos) create fragmentation, gaps, and overlap in plans for major planned events (MPEs)...
March 20, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290930/medical-effects-of-a-transuranic-dirty-bomb
#4
Asaf Durakovic
The modern military battlefields are characterized by the use of nonconventional weapons such as encountered in the conflicts of the Gulf War I and Gulf War II. Recent warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans has introduced radioactive weapons to the modern war zone scenarios. This presents the military medicine with a new area of radioactive warfare with the potential large scale contamination of military and civilian targets with the variety of radioactive isotopes further enhanced by the clandestine use of radioactive materials in the terrorist radioactive warfare...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282017/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/28282016/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/28279230/evacuation-preparedness-in-the-event-of-fire-in-intensive-care-units-in-sweden-more-is-needed
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Erika Löfqvist, Åsa Oskarsson, Helge Brändström, Alpo Vuorio, Michael Haney
Introduction Hospitals, including intensive care units (ICUs), can be subject to threat from fire and require urgent evacuation. Hypothesis The hypothesis was that the current preparedness for ICU evacuation for fire in the national public hospital system in a wealthy country was very good, using Sweden as model. METHODS: An already validated questionnaire for this purpose was adapted to national/local circumstances and translated into Swedish. It aimed to elicit information concerning fire response planning, personnel education, training, and exercises...
March 10, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275525/correction-focused-training-for-humanitarian-responders-in-regional-anesthesia-techniques-for-a-planned-randomized-controlled-trial-in-a-disaster-setting
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[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/currents.dis.e75f9f9d977ac8adededb381e3948a04.].
February 6, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274391/incidence-and-risk-factors-for-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-in-a-population-affected-by-a-severe-flood
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A Fontalba-Navas, M E Lucas-Borja, V Gil-Aguilar, J P Arrebola, J M Pena-Andreu, J Perez
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to study the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in people who resided in an affected area by an extremely severe flood, and sociodemographic risk factors associated with this condition. STUDY DESIGN: A geographic information system (GIS) was used to distribute the rainfall data. A case-control study was developed to study the relationship between PTSD and sociodemographic risk factors. METHODS: To delineate the areas affected by the flood and the intensity of this rainfall in comparison with historical hydrological data, we employed geographical information systems (GIS)...
March 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274376/natural-disaster-management-experience-of-an-academic-institution-after-a-7-8-magnitude-earthquake-in-ecuador
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A M Cordero-Reyes, I Palacios, D Ramia, R West, M Valencia, N Ramia, D Egas, P Rodas, M Bahamonde, M Grunauer
OBJECTIVES: This case study describes the implementation of an academic institution's disaster management plan. STUDY DESIGN: Case study. METHODS: USFQ's Medical School developed a six-phase disaster relief plan consisting of: induction, establishing a base camp, crisis management and mental health aid, creation of multidisciplinary teams and multi-agency teams, and reconstruction. Each phase uses a community-oriented approach to foster survivor autonomy and recovery...
March 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274288/improving-data-quality-in-mass-gatherings-health-research
#11
Andrew Guy, Ross Prager, Sheila Turris, Adam Lund
Mass gatherings attract large crowds and can strain the planning and health resources of the community, city, or nation hosting an event. Mass-Gatherings Health (MGH) is an evolving niche of prehospital care rooted in emergency medicine, emergency management, public health, and disaster medicine. To explore front-line issues related to data quality in the context of mass gatherings, the authors draw on five years of management experience with an online, mass-gathering event and patient registry, as well as clinical and operational experience amassed over several decades...
March 9, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270259/assessment-of-the-knowledge-of-blast-injuries-management-among-physicians-working-in-tripoli-hospitals-libya
#12
Abdulhakim M Oun, Elmokhtar M Hadida, Charles Stewart
Introduction No study on hospital staff preparedness for managing blast injuries has been conducted in Libya. The internal conflict in Libya since 2011 and the difficulties faced by the hospitals has highlighted the need for such studies. Hypothesis Physicians working in Tripoli (capital city Libya) hospitals are inadequately prepared for the management of blast injuries. METHODS: A survey was conducted in all 13 hospitals in Tripoli between June 2014 and May 2015 by using interviews based on a questionnaire consisting of 29 questions covering physicians' education related to blast injury, hospital management of mass casualties, and aspects of hospital preparedness for such incidents...
March 8, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263274/nurse-leaders-response-to-civil-unrest-in-the-urban-core
#13
Roberta Lavin, Tener Goodwin Veenema, Wilma J Calvert, Sheila R Grigsby, Jennifer Cobbina
Inequalities in society, culture, and finance have resulted in civil unrest, rioting, and intentional violence throughout our history. Nowhere is this currently more apparent than in the cities of Ferguson and Baltimore. It is not the civil unrest itself, but the resulting rioting and intentional violence that can create a disaster situation. This increases the care burden of health care providers during times when the governmental structure may be overwhelmed or functioning in a less than optimal manner. Beginning with the death of Michael Brown, civil unrest over the last 2 years has necessitated a closer examination of the role nurse leaders play in preparing their staff and facilities for potential results of this civil unrest...
April 2017: Nursing Administration Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263273/hospital-administration-and-nursing-leadership-in-disasters-an-exploratory-study-using-concept-mapping
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Tener Goodwin Veenema, Katherine Deruggiero, Sarah Losinski, Daniel Barnett
Strong leadership is critical in disaster situations when "patient surge" challenges a hospital's capacity to respond and normally acceptable patterns of care are disrupted. Activation of the emergency operations plan triggers an incident command system structure for leadership decision making. Yet, implementation of the emergency operations plan and incident command system protocols is ultimately subject to nursing and hospital leadership at the service- and unit level. The results of these service-/unit-based leadership decisions have the potential to directly impact staff and patient safety, quality of care, and ultimately, patient outcomes...
April 2017: Nursing Administration Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263272/the-emotional-well-being-of-nurses-and-nurse-leaders-in-crisis
#15
Karen Livornese, Jena Vedder
In a world after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Sandy Hook, plenty of literature has emerged on the subject of disaster management, but little is specific to the emotional well-being of the health care staff dedicated to serve during a crisis. Disasters, whether natural or man-made, are episodic but becoming more frequent. Nurses may find themselves in hospitals affected by a disaster, awaiting a surge of patients while supplied with only limited resources. Or, they may be deployed to austere environments where they are challenged to operate clinics, surrounded by the rubble of an earthquake...
April 2017: Nursing Administration Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263270/a-strategy-to-enhance-student-experiences-in-public-health-emergency-preparedness-and-response-medical-reserve-corps-nursing-student-summer-externship
#16
Loren Nell Melton Stein
Development of the public health nursing workforce is crucial to advancing our nation's health. Many organizations, including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US Department of Health and Human Services, have identified the need for strengthening academia's connection to public health and tailoring experiences to enhance workforce competency. The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC) Nursing Student Summer Externship was developed as a strategy to provide nursing students with strengthened knowledge and skills in disaster response through a structured summer volunteer experience with nurse educators within the OKMRC...
April 2017: Nursing Administration Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261790/japanese-experience-of-evolving-nurses-roles-in-changing-social-contexts
#17
S Kanbara, Y Yamamoto, T Sugishita, T Nakasa, I Moriguchi
AIM: To discuss the evolving roles of Japanese nurses in meeting the goals and concerns of ongoing global sustainable development. BACKGROUND: Japanese nurses' roles have evolved as the needs of the country and the communities they served, changed over time. The comprehensive public healthcare services in Japan were provided by the cooperation of hospitals and public health nurses. INTRODUCTION: The nursing profession is exploring ways to identify and systemize nursing skills and competencies that address global health initiatives for sustainable development goals...
March 5, 2017: International Nursing Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260561/challenges-of-treating-adenovirus-infection-application-of-a-deployable-rapid-assembly-shelter-hospital
#18
Song Bai, Bao-Guo Yu, Yong-Zhong Zhang, Hui Ding, Zhou-Wei Wu, Bin Fan, Hao-Jun Fan, Shi-Ke Hou, Feng Chen
This article outlines the evolution of a rescue team in responding to adenovirus prevention with a deployable field hospital. The local governments mobilized a shelter hospital and a rescue team consisting of 59 members to assist with rescue and response efforts after an epidemic outbreak of adenovirus. We describe and evaluate the challenges of preparing for deployment, field hospital maintenance, treatment mode, and primary treatment methods. The field hospital established at the rescue scene consisted of a medical command vehicle, a computed tomography shelter, an X-ray shelter, a special laboratory shelter, an oxygen and electricity supply vehicle, and epidemic prevention and protection equipment...
March 6, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260560/hospital-impact-after-a-chemical-spill-that-compromised-the-potable-water-supply-west-virginia-january-2014
#19
Joy Hsu, Maria C Del Rosario, Erica Thomasson, Danae Bixler, Loretta Haddy, Mary Anne Duncan
In January 2014, a chemical spill of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol and propylene glycol phenyl ethers contaminated the potable water supply of approximately 300,000 West Virginia residents. To understand the spill's impact on hospital operations, we surveyed representatives from 10 hospitals in the affected area during January 2014. We found that the spill-related loss of potable water affected many aspects of hospital patient care (eg, surgery, endoscopy, hemodialysis, and infection control of Clostridium difficile)...
March 6, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260558/medical-response-to-a-vinyl-chloride-release-from-a-train-derailment-new-jersey-2012
#20
Alice M Shumate, Jamille Taylor, Elizabeth McFarland, Christina Tan, Mary Anne Duncan
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this investigation was to examine the health impact of and medical response to a mass casualty chemical incident caused by a vinyl chloride release. METHODS: Key staff at area hospitals were interviewed about communication during the response, the number of patients treated and care required, and lessons learned. Clinical information related to the incident and medical history were abstracted from hospital charts. RESULTS: Hospital interviews identified a desire for more thorough and timely incident-specific information and an under-utilization of regionally available resources...
March 6, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
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