Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

Symposium 3

Action proposals to Japanese Neurological Society from Fukushima Medical University: based on our three years' experiences

Yoshikazu Ugawa, M.D.1)

1)Department of Neurology, Fukushima Medical University

In this paper, I make several proposals of what Japanese Neurological Society is able to do or should do in preparing future disaster in Japan. I mention several points separately. Patient education: Patients usually try to visit their hospital as soon as possible for the safety, especially in Japan. Is it true? The traffic jams actually blocked this action in March 11, 2011, which made more serious problems in some patients. We should ask them to prepare matters necessary for staying at home at least for a week when no medical emergency is present. Disaster prevention training: We should make a list of hospitals which accept emergent patients at disaster. We should have some methods of communication still active at disaster (internet, satellite phone) and make society network for communication and patient transportation. How to transfer required drugs to patients is another issue we should consider. Name tag: We sometimes treated unidentified patients in the disaster because the name tag or reference papers was gone or not specified to a certain patient. It is due to great mechanical power of injury or rains. For not detached from the patient and waterproofed, I recommend writing the patient's name on the chest with a permanent marker used in the triathlon when transferring the patients to other hospitals or other places.
Full Text of this Article in Japanese PDF (1722K)

(CLINICA NEUROL, 53: 1152|1154, 2013)
key words: patient education, list of hospitals, transportation, name tag, drugs for neurological patients

(Received: 31-May-13)