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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 11(3); 2000 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2000;11(3): 362-371.
Subacute-Stage Organized Medical Support Services in a Disaster Area: Anaysis of medical support in the '99 Taiwan earthquake
Hyoung Gon Song, Bo Seung Kang, Keunjeong Song, Yeon Kwon Jeong
ABSTRACT
BACKGROUND: There was a powerful earthquaken(Richter Scale 7.6) in Tiawan, on Sep. 21, 1999. we supported the organized medical services in that area during 5 days.
METHODS:
We made the protocol and analyzed the results prospecitively.
RESULTS:
We took care of a total of 708 patients from sep. 23 to sep. 27. Traumatized patients related to the earthquake were 245(34.6%), and most of them had minor injuries. Two hundred thirty-nine(239, 33.8%) patients visited us for medical disease related to living in a group. There were 29(4.1%) patients who complained of neuropsychiatric problems due to the post-earthquake stress. Because the condition of the patients was so bad, 18(2.5%) were transferred to receive more medical services.
CONCLUSION:
In disaster area, organized medical services have two different roles, especially in the subacute stage. One is responsibility for real emergency medical care, and the other is medical care of non-emergency patients.
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