Successful Hospital Evacuation After the Kumamoto Earthquakes Japan 2016
Nagata, T., Himeno, S., Himeno, A., et al. (2017). Successful Hospital Evacuation After the Kumamoto Earthquakes, Japan, 2016. (Abstract only.) Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 11(5):517-521.
This article describes how more than 100 patients were evacuated by multiple agencies following Japan’s two Kumamoto earthquakes, which damaged multiple hospitals in the prefecture. Patients were transported quickly without major adverse events, then returned after hospital repairs were completed. This disaster response can be an international model for coordination and evacuation in the future.