The linkage among ambulance transports, death and climate parameters in Asahikawa City, Japan

Hiroaki Kataoka, Kazumi Dokai Mochimasu, Akihiko Katayama, Kanae Oda Kanda, Noriko Sakano, Keiko Tanaka, Nobuyuki Miyatake

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the linkage among climate parameters, total ambulance transports and the number of deaths in Asahikawa City in northern Japan.

Methods: Monthly data on total ambulance transports and the number of deaths from January 2004 to December 2011 were obtained from Asahikawa City Fire Department and the Asahikawa City official website. Climate parameters for the required period were also obtained from the Japan Meteorological Agency, Japan. To adjust for the population, we also used monthly population data on Asahikawa City. The linkage among climate parameters, total ambulance transports and the number of deaths was evaluated by ecological analysis.

Results: The mean air temperature in the Asahikawa area was 7.3 ± 10.1 °C. Total ambulance transports (/a hundred thousand people/day) and the number of deaths (/a hundred thousand people/day) were 10.0 ± 0.6 and 2.6 ± 0.3, respectively. Using quadratic curves, total ambulance transports and the number of deaths were weakly correlated with some climate parameters. The number of deaths was weakly and positively correlated with total ambulance transports.

Conclusion: A weak linkage among climate parameters, total ambulance transports and the number of deaths was noted in Asahikawa City, Japan. However, these associations were not as high as expected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-67
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Air temperature
  • Ambulance transports
  • Asahikawa
  • Climate parameters
  • Death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Kataoka, H., Mochimasu, K. D., Katayama, A., Kanda, K. O., Sakano, N., Tanaka, K., & Miyatake, N. (2015). The linkage among ambulance transports, death and climate parameters in Asahikawa City, Japan. Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, 20(1), 63-67. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12199-014-0429-z