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Disaster Medicine in China: Present and Future

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 June 2016

Shi-ke Hou
Affiliation:
Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) Key Laboratory of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Qi Lv
Affiliation:
Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) Key Laboratory of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Hui Ding
Affiliation:
Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) Key Laboratory of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Yong-zhong Zhang
Affiliation:
Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) Key Laboratory of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Bao-guo Yu
Affiliation:
Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) Key Laboratory of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Zi-quan Liu
Affiliation:
Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) Key Laboratory of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Bin Su
Affiliation:
Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) Key Laboratory of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Jin-Yang Liu
Affiliation:
Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) Key Laboratory of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Meng-yang Yu
Affiliation:
Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) Key Laboratory of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Zhi-guang Sun
Affiliation:
Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) Key Laboratory of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Hao-jun Fan*
Affiliation:
Institute of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Affiliated Hospital of Logistic University of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) Key Laboratory of Emergency and Disaster Medicine in Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
*
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).

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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Copyright © Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. 2016 

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Footnotes

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

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