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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239566/mapping-displaced-populations-with-reference-to-social-vulnerabilities-for-post-disaster-public-health-management
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Junaid Ahmad, Anees Ahmad, Mokbul Morshed Ahmad, Nafees Ahmad
Millions of people are currently displaced from their homes because of local and international conflicts. In the last two decades, a substantial increase in the number of displaced people has been recorded. We measured the social vulnerabilities of displaced populations using a mathematical approach in combination with application of geographical information systems (GIS) tools and techniques to visualise movement and draw attention to the location of significant concentration of vulnerabilities. A retrospective study approach based on datasets collected from governmental and non-governmental organisations working with refugees and internally displaced persons in Pakistan was used...
November 27, 2017: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237989/the-characteristics-of-non-respondents-and-respondents-of-a-mental-health-survey-among-evacuees-in-a-disaster-the-fukushima-health-management-survey
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Naoko Horikoshi, Hajime Iwasa, Seiji Yasumura, Masaharu Maeda
The Fukushima Medical University conducted a mental health care program for evacuees after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. However, the mental health status of non-respondents has not been considered for surveys using questionnaires. Therefore, the aim of this study was to clarify the characteristics of non-respondents and respondents. The target population of the survey (FY2011-2013) is people living in the nationally designated evacuation zone of Fukushima prefecture. Among these, the participants were 967 people (20 years or older)...
December 12, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236580/measures-of-emergency-preparedness-contributing-to-nursing-home-resilience
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Sandi J Lane, Elizabeth McGrady
Resilience approaches have been successfully applied in crisis management, disaster response, and high reliability organizations and have the potential to enhance existing systems of nursing home disaster preparedness. This study's purpose was to: Determine how the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) "Emergency Preparedness Checklist Recommended Tool for Effective Health Care Facility Planning" contributes to organizational resilience by identifying the benchmark resilience items addressed by the CMS Emergency Preparedness Checklist and items not addressed by the CMS Emergency Preparedness Checklist, and to recommend tools and processes to improve resilience for nursing homes...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227375/impact-of-evacuation-onstrends-in-the-prevalence-treatment-and-control-of-hypertension-before-and-after-a-disaster
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Masato Nagai, Tetsuya Ohira, Hideto Takahashi, Hironori Nakano, Akira Sakai, Shigeatsu Hashimoto, Seiji Yasumura, Masafumi Abe
OBJECTIVE: After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors increased in victims. We examined the trends in the prevalence, treatment, and control of hypertension before and after the disaster, as well as the impact of evacuation. METHODS: Study participants were approximately 10 000 men and 12 000 women aged 40-74 years in each year from 2008 to 2014. All of the participants had lived in radiation evacuation zones prior to the Fukushima nuclear crisis...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220762/foundations-of-the-participatory-approach-in-the-mekong-river-basin-management
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Paulina Budryte, Sonja Heldt, Martin Denecke
Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) was acknowledged as a leading concept in the water management for the last two decades by academia, political decision-makers and experts. It strongly promotes holistic management and participatory approaches. The flexibility and adaptability of IWRM concept are especially important for large, transboundary river basins - e.g. the Mekong river basin - where natural processes and hazards, as well as, human-made "disasters" are demanding for a comprehensive approach...
December 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215129/the-aquifer-recharge-an-overview-of-the-legislative-and-planning-aspect
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O De Giglio, G Caggiano, F Apollonio, A Marzella, S Brigida, E Ranieri, L Lucentini, V F Uricchio, M T Montagna
In most regions of the world, safeguarding groundwater resources is a serious issue, particularly in coastal areas where groundwater is the main water source for drinking, irrigation and industry. Water availability depends on climate, topography and geology. The aim of this paper is to evaluate aquifer recharge as a possible strategy to relieve water resource scarcity. Natural aquifer recharge is defined as the downward flow of water reaching the water table, increasing the groundwater reservoir. Hydro-meteorological factors (rainfall, evapotranspiration and runoff) may alter natural recharge processes...
January 2018: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213010/continuous-improvement-of-fitness-for-duty-management-programs-for-workers-engaging-in-stabilizing-and-decommissioning-work-at-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant
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Koji Mori, Seiichiro Tateishi, Tatsuhiko Kubo, Yuichi Kobayashi, Ko Hiraoka, Futoshi Kawashita, Takeshi Hayashi, Yoshifumi Kiyomoto, Masaki Kobashi, Kota Fukai, Hiroyuki Tahara, Ryuji Okazaki, Akira Ogami, Kazuyuki Igari, Katsunori Suzuki, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Kazuhiro Sakai
BACKGROUND: Numerous workers have participated in recovery efforts following the accident that occurred at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the Great East Japan Earthquake. These workers, belonging to various companies, have been engaged in various tasks since the accident. Given the hazards and stress involved in these tasks and the relatively long time required to transport sick or injured workers to medical institutions, it became necessary to quickly implement a more stringent management program for fitness for duty than in ordinary work environments...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208789/general-dental-practitioners-as-potential-responders-to-disaster-scenario-in-a-highly-disaster-prone-area-an-explorative-study
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Gururaghavendran Rajesh, Almas Binnal, Mithun Bh Pai, Vijayendranath Nayak, Ramya Shenoy, Ashwini Rao
AIM: The aim of this study is to obtain insights pertaining to disaster management among Indian general dental practitioners (GDPs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: All GDPs in Mangaluru city, Karnataka, India, were included in the present study. Their willingness to participate in disaster management and their objective knowledge, attitude, behavior, and perceived effectiveness related to disaster management were assessed by a structured, pretested, self-administered questionnaire...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200403/disaster-management-and-primary-health-care-implications-for-medical-education
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Javeria Majeed Swathi, Pedro Arcos González, Rafael Castro Delgado
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 30, 2017: International Journal of Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198239/medical-response-to-the-tianjin-explosions-lessons-learned
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Jin-Jun Zhang, Tian-Bing Wang, Da Fan, Jun Zhang, Bao-Guo Jiang
BACKGROUND: On August 12, 2015, a hazardous chemical explosion occurred in the Tianjin Port of China. The explosions resulted in 165 deaths, 8 missing people, injuries to thousands of people. We present the responses of emergency medical services and hospitals to the explosions and summarize the lessons that can be learned. METHODS: This study was a retrospective analysis of the responses of emergency medical services and hospitals to the Tianjin explosions. Data on injuries, outcomes, and patient flow were obtained from the government and the hospitals...
December 4, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198044/lifestyle-factors-and-social-ties-associated-with-the-frequency-of-laughter-after-the-great-east-japan-earthquake-fukushima-health-management-survey
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Mayumi Hirosaki, Tetsuya Ohira, Seiji Yasumura, Masaharu Maeda, Hirooki Yabe, Mayumi Harigane, Hideto Takahashi, Michio Murakami, Yuriko Suzuki, Hironori Nakano, Wen Zhang, Mayu Uemura, Masafumi Abe, Kenji Kamiya
PURPOSE: Although mental health problems such as depression after disasters have been reported, positive psychological factors after disasters have not been examined. Recently, the importance of positive affect to our health has been recognised. We therefore investigated the frequency of laughter and its related factors among residents of evacuation zones after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study on 52,320 participants aged 20 years and older who were included in the Fukushima Health Management Survey in Japan's fiscal year 2012, associations of the frequency of laughter with changes in lifestyle after the disaster, such as a changed work situation, the number of family members, and the number of address changes, and other sociodemographic, psychological, and lifestyle factors were examined using logistic regression analysis...
December 2, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197316/developing-a-mass-casualty-surge-capacity-protocol-for-emergency-medical-services-to-use-for-patient-distribution
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Samuel E Shartar, Brooks L Moore, Lori M Wood
OBJECTIVES: Metropolitan areas must be prepared to manage large numbers of casualties related to a major incident. Most US cities do not have adequate trauma center capacity to manage large-scale mass casualty incidents (MCIs). Creating surge capacity requires the distribution of casualties to hospitals that are not designated as trauma centers. Our objectives were to extrapolate MCI response research into operational objectives for MCI distribution plan development; formulate a patient distribution model based on research, hospital capacities, and resource availability; and design and disseminate a casualty distribution tool for use by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to distribute patients to the appropriate level of care...
December 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188137/listening-to-the-voices-of-the-people-community-s-assessment-of-disaster-responder-agency-performance-during-disaster-situations-in-rural-northern-ghana
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Stephen Apanga, Gregory Titi Addebah, Dennis Chirawurah
Introduction: In Northern Ghana, a combination of torrential rains coupled with the spilling of the Bagre dam in neighboring Burkina Faso in the past few years has resulted in perennial flooding of communities. This has often led to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMAO) the main disaster responder agency in Ghana, being called upon to act. However affected communities have never had the opportunity to evaluate the activities of the agency. The aim of this study is therefore to assess the performance of the main responder agency by affected community members to improve on future disaster management...
September 20, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186080/e2mc-improving-emergency-management-service-practice-through-social-media-and-crowdsourcing-analysis-in-near-real-time
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Clemens Havas, Bernd Resch, Chiara Francalanci, Barbara Pernici, Gabriele Scalia, Jose Luis Fernandez-Marquez, Tim Van Achte, Gunter Zeug, Maria Rosa Rosy Mondardini, Domenico Grandoni, Birgit Kirsch, Milan Kalas, Valerio Lorini, Stefan Rüping
In the first hours of a disaster, up-to-date information about the area of interest is crucial for effective disaster management. However, due to the delay induced by collecting and analysing satellite imagery, disaster management systems like the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) are currently not able to provide information products until up to 48-72 h after a disaster event has occurred. While satellite imagery is still a valuable source for disaster management, information products can be improved through complementing them with user-generated data like social media posts or crowdsourced data...
November 29, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165782/rescue-workers-and-trauma-assessing-interaction-among-risk-factors-after-a-firework-factory-explosion
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Eugenia Romano, Ask Elklit
INTRODUCTION: This study investigates which factors had the biggest impact on developing distress in rescue workers who were involved in a firework factory explosion. METHOD: Four hundred sixty-five rescuers were assessed using items investigating demographic factors, organizational variables, social support, personality variables, and distress symptoms. Correlation and regression analyses were performed. RESULTS: Our final model provided 70 percent of the predictive model for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) severity...
September 2017: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165781/controlling-disasters-local-emergency-management-perceptions-about-federal-emergency-management-and-homeland-security-actions-after-september-11-2001
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Sean Hildebrand
This article examines local emergency manager's beliefs regarding control over tasks during various stages of the hazard cycle since federal policies went into effect following the September 11 attacks. The study considers whether a disparity exists between the actions of local officials during each phase of the "hazard cycle" and the policy expectations of the federal government, which call for greater federal control over activities in emergency management and homeland security. To do so, hypothesis testing investigates the jurisdiction's use of comprehensive emergency management (CEM) practices, the perceived "clarity" of the federal policy demands, and if the local actors feel coerced to comply with federal policy demands so that grant funding is not compromised...
September 2017: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164293/evaluating-partnerships-to-enhance-disaster-risk-management-using-multi-criteria-analysis-an-application-at-the-pan-european-level
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REVIEW
Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler, Anna Lorant
Disaster risk is increasingly recognized as a major development challenge. Recent calls emphasize the need to proactively engage in disaster risk reduction, as well as to establish new partnerships between private and public sector entities in order to decrease current and future risks. Very often such potential partnerships have to meet different objectives reflecting on the priorities of stakeholders involved. Consequently, potential partnerships need to be assessed on multiple criteria to determine weakest links and greatest threats in collaboration...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161394/managing-anaesthetic-provision-for-global-disasters
#18
R M Craven
The numbers of people affected by large-scale disasters has increased in recent decades. Disasters produce a huge burden of surgical morbidity at a time when the affected country is least able to respond. For this reason an international disaster response is often required. For many years this disaster response was not coordinated. The response consisted of what was available not what was needed and standards of care varied widely producing a healthcare lottery for the affected population. In recent years the World Health organisation has initiated the Emergency Medical Team programme to coordinate the response to disasters and set minimum standards for responding teams...
December 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155656/us-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-and-its-partners-contributions-to-global-health-security
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Jordan W Tappero, Cynthia H Cassell, Rebecca E Bunnell, Frederick J Angulo, Allen Craig, Nicki Pesik, Benjamin A Dahl, Kashef Ijaz, Hamid Jafari, Rebecca Martin
To achieve compliance with the revised World Health Organization International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), countries must be able to rapidly prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats. Most nations, however, remain unprepared to manage and control complex health emergencies, whether due to natural disasters, emerging infectious disease outbreaks, or the inadvertent or intentional release of highly pathogenic organisms. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works with countries and partners to build and strengthen global health security preparedness so they can quickly respond to public health crises...
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151402/difference-in-first-aid-activity-during-mass-casualty-training-based-on-having-taken-an-educational-course
#20
Youichi Yanagawa, Kazuhiko Omori, Kouhei Ishikawa, Ikuto Takeuchi, Kei Jitsuiki, Toshihiko Yoshizawa, Jun Sato, Hideyuki Matsumoto, Masaru Tsuchiya, Hiromichi Osaka
BACKGROUND: The Japanese Association for Disaster Medicine developed a mass casualty life support (MCLS) course to improve cooperation among medical practitioners during a disaster, which is essential for reducing the rates of preventable disaster death. We investigated whether there was difference in first aid activity among members of the ambulance service during mass casualty training based on having taken the MCLS course. METHODS: Mass casualty training was held at the fire department of Numazu City...
November 20, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
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