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Changes to the Korean Disaster Medical Assistance System After Numerous Multi-casualty Incidents in 2014 and 2015

Authors
 Myeong-Il Cha  ;  Minhong Choa  ;  Seunghwan Kim  ;  Jinseong Cho  ;  Dai Hai Choi  ;  Minsu Cho  ;  Won Kim  ;  Chu Hyun Kim  ;  Daehyun Kang  ;  Yun Jung Heo  ;  Jung Eon Kim  ;  Han Deok Yoon  ;  Soon Joo Wang 
Citation
 DISASTER MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS, Vol.11(5) : 526-530, 2017-10 
Journal Title
DISASTER MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS
ISSN
 1938-744X 
Issue Date
2017-10
MeSH
Civil Defense / methods ; Civil Defense / trends* ; Disaster Planning / methods* ; Disaster Planning / trends ; Emergency Medical Services / legislation & jurisprudence ; Emergency Medical Services / methods* ; Emergency Medical Services / trends ; Humans ; Mass Casualty Incidents / legislation & jurisprudence ; Mass Casualty Incidents / prevention & control* ; Republic of Korea ; Teaching
Keywords
disasters ; mass casualty incidents ; medical assistance
Abstract
Objective: A number of multiple-casualty incidents during 2014 and 2015 brought changes to Korea's disaster medical assistance system. We report these changes here.

Methods: Reports about these incidents, revisions to laws, and the government's revised medical disaster response guidelines were reviewed.

Results: The number of DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team) staff members was reduced to 4 from 8, and the mobilization method changed. An emergency response manual was created that contains the main content of the DMAT, and there is now a DMAT training program to educate staff. The government created and launched a national 24-hour Disaster Emergency Medical Service Situation Room, and instead of the traditional wireless communications, mobile instant smart phone messaging has been added as a new means of communication. The number of disaster base hospitals has also been doubled.

Conclusion: Although there are still limitations that need to be remedied, the changes to the current emergency medical assistance system are expected to improve the system's response capacity.
Full Text
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/disaster-medicine-and-public-health-preparedness/article/changes-to-the-korean-disaster-medical-assistance-system-after-numerous-multicasualty-incidents-in-2014-and-2015/7AA5E04989D585DBAD3FA3282A2A5C4D
DOI
10.1017/dmp.2016.202
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Emergency Medicine (응급의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Seung Hwan(김승환)
Choa, Min Hong(좌민홍) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0338-994X
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/195676
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