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The Imbalance in Medical Demand and Supply for Pediatric Victims in an Earthquake

  • Chiaki Toida (a1) (a2), Ichiro Takeuchi (a1), Takeru Abe (a1), Jun Hattori (a3), Kyoko Hattori (a4), Kohei Takahashi (a5), Munehito Uchiyama (a1), Hideki Honda (a6), Yosihide Nakagawa (a7), Kiyoshi Matsuda (a8), Yasushi Asari (a3) and Naoto Morimura (a2)...

Abstract

Objectives

We quantified an absolute imbalance of the medical risks and the support needs for children at each disaster-based hospital in Kanagawa immediately following the occurrence of a large earthquake by using the risk resource ratio (RRR) and need for medical resources (NMR).

Methods

The RRR and NMR of 33 disaster-based hospitals were estimated through dividing the estimated number of pediatric victims by the number of critically patients. We calculated the ratio of the NMR of each hospital.

Results

The total number of pediatric victims in Kanagawa was estimated at 8,391. The total number of vacant beds for pediatric victims was 352. The median RRR and NMR of the total number of pediatric victims were 27 and 224. The median RRR and NMR of the number of critically ill pediatric patients were 27 and 12.

Conclusions

The absolute imbalance of the RRR and NMR for children in Kanagawa was quantified. This suggests that we might embark on preparedness strategies for children in advance. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2018;13:672–676)

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Corresponding author

Correspondence and reprint requests to Dr Chiaki Toida, Department of Disaster Medical Management, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655 Japan (e-mail: toida-ygc@umin.ac.jp).

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