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Resources for Business Continuity in Disaster-Based Hospitals in the Great East Japan Earthquake: Survey of Miyagi Prefecture Disaster Base Hospitals and the Prefectural Disaster Medicine Headquarters

  • Daisuke Kudo (a1) (a2), Hajime Furukawa (a1), Atsuhiro Nakagawa (a1) (a3), Satoshi Yamanouchi (a1) (a2), Yuichi Koido (a4), Takashi Matsumura (a1), Yoshiko Abe (a1), Ryota Konishi (a5), Masaaki Matoba (a6), Teiji Tominaga (a3) and Shigeki Kushimoto (a1) (a2)...

Abstract

Objective

To clarify advance measures for business continuity taken by disaster base hospitals involved in the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Methods

The predisaster situation regarding stockpiles was abstracted from a 2010 survey. Timing of electricity and water restoration and sufficiency of supplies to continue operations were investigated through materials from Miyagi Prefecture disaster medicine headquarters (prefectural medical headquarters) and disaster base hospitals (14 hospitals) in Miyagi Prefecture after the East Japan earthquake.

Results

The number of hospitals with less than 1 day of stockpiles in reserve before the disaster was 7 (50%) for electricity supplies, 8 (57.1%) for water, 6 (42.9%) for medical goods, and 6 (42.9%) for food. After the disaster, restoration of electricity and water did not occur until the second day or later at 8 of 13 (61.5%) hospitals, respectively. By the fourth postdisaster day, 14 hospitals had requested supplies from the prefectural medical headquarters: 9 (64.3%) for electricity supplies, 2 (14.3%) for water trucks, 9 (64.3%) for medical goods, and 6 (42.9%) for food.

Conclusions

The lack of supplies needed to continue operations in disaster base hospitals following the disaster clearly indicated that current business continuity plans require revision. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2013;0:1-6)

Copyright

Corresponding author

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Daisuke Kudo, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine/Emergency Center Tohoku University Hospital, Division of Emergency Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-1 Seiryo-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8574, Japan e-mail kudodaisuke@med.tohoku.ac.jp.

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