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Disaster Medicine in China: Present and Future

  • Shi-ke Hou (a1) (a2), Qi Lv (a1) (a2), Hui Ding (a1) (a2), Yong-zhong Zhang (a1) (a2), Bao-guo Yu (a1) (a2), Zi-quan Liu (a1) (a2), Bin Su (a1) (a2), Jin-Yang Liu (a1) (a2), Meng-yang Yu (a1) (a2), Zhi-guang Sun (a1) (a2) and Hao-jun Fan (a1) (a2)...

Abstract

Disaster can strike people in any community at any time anywhere in the world. Disasters occur with high frequency, take on multiple forms, and exert wide influence, typically causing property damage, injuries, and death. As the world’s largest developing country, China incurs great costs when a disaster hits. After the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, the Chinese government focused its attention on the construction of an emergency response system, the creation of disaster prevention and mitigation systems, and the development of a disaster medicine program. Here, we describe the current status of disaster medicine in China, focusing on the following four aspects: the Emergency Management System, Education & Training, Rescue Practices, and Research. We also discuss the future of disaster medicine in China. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2018;12:157–165)

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Correspondence and reprint requests to Dr Hao-jun Fan, Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP), Chenglin Road 220, Hedong District, Tianjin 300162 (e-mail: haojunfan86@163.com).

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Shi-ke Hou and Qi Lv contributed equally to this work.

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