a. Event Type: Earthquake measuring 6.2 (SD=0.016) on the moment magnitude;
b. Event Onset: August 24, 2016 - 03:36:32 CEST (01:36 UTC);
c. Location of Event: Central Italy, in the town of Amatrice;
d. Geographic Coordinates: latitude (DMS): 42°37′45.77″N; longitude (DMS): 13°17′18.14″E; elevation: 955 meters above sea-level;
e. Dates: August 24, 2016 at 4:48 AM;
f. Response Type: Medical Relief.
On August 24, 2016, an earthquake hit the town of Amatrice (Italy). This study aims to document the first medical aid provided to earthquake victims in Amatrice immediately following the earthquake.
Patient data were collected and recorded during the first clinical evaluation and before definitive hospitalization. Blood gas tests were performed on survivors extricated from the rubble using the iSTAT (Abbott Point of Care Inc.; Princeton, New Jersey USA) handheld blood analyzer.
Performing “victim-side” blood gas tests could provide concrete information to facilitate clinical evaluation and decision making when treating buried victims. After a natural disaster, it is essential to provide effective analgo-sedation to victims.
. First Rescue Under the Rubble: The Medical Aid in the First Hours After the Earthquake in Amatrice (Italy) on August 24, 2016. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2018;33(1):109–113.