Rescue system establishment for neurological patients in case of natural disastrous emergency

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Abstract

Big earthquake and subsequent gigantic tsunami killed more than 20,000 peoples in Tohoku area of Japan on March 11, 2011. Neurological patients were one such victim because they are usually very vulnerable to such a huge tragedy due to their physical disability including artificial ventilator-support. On occasion of the last tsunami, most cases showed "all or nothing" to lose life or to survive, and there were only a little cases who needed emergency surgical treatment. In the very early period, some neurological patients required electric power to keep their life-supportive ventilator at evacuation house or even at home. In a week to a couple of months, many neurological patients needed continuous supply of their daily drugs which are essential to keep themselves in steady physical conditions and even for keeping their life. Based on such a background, Japanese Neurological Society (JNS) began to establish an emergent assistant network system from January 2012 in an attempt of supplying materials, drugs and energy power to neurological patients who require both under a very early period after any natural or political disaster and a later period. For example, JNS is going to apply IT system to connect distant but safer hospitals which accept emergent patients from the center of disastrous place. JNS may also send emergency medical team to the disastrous place to save neurological patients by passing necessary medicine and materials or moving patients to safer hospitals. JNS will make such a tentative program public on our website to collect many other constructive opinions from general member of the society and neurological patients. After getting those opinions, JNS will work to make the exact team for this purpose after general meeting of JNS on this May 2012.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1348-1350
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Neurology
Volume52
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2012

Keywords

  • It technology
  • Japan neurological society
  • Natural disaster rescue network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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