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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 26(2); 2015 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2015;26(2): 149-158.
Experiences of Disaster Medical Response System in a Fire at Goyang Bus Terminal
Hankyo Chae, Gun Bea Kim, Won Nyung Park, Junseok Park, Jun Seok Seo, Inbyung Kim, Myeong Il Cha
1Department of Emergency Medicine, Myongji Hospital, Korea. cami2222@hanmail.net
2Department of Emergency Medicine, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital, gyeonggido, Korea.
3Department of Emergency Medicine, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, gyeonggido, Korea.
4Department of Emergency Medicine, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Korea.
The purpose of this study was to report medical care activities of Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and medical facilities that responded to the Goyang Bus Terminal fire on May 26, 2014, and to draw improvement of the current disaster medical response system.
We retrospectively reviewed emergency medical service (EMS) run sheet and medical records of patients who visited the emergency department the day of the fire. We also interviewed the officials involved in disaster response.
A total of 73 patients participated in this study. Among them, 9 were classified as Emergency, 60 as Non-Emergency, and 4 as Death on arrival (DOA). Fifty one patients visited the nearest hospital, and 17 patients were transported by EMS. DMAT arrived at the scene in 58 minutes, however there was little medical activity.
Initial Triage and distribution of patients was rather inadequate and DMAT arrived late. For the future, we recommend constant training of the paramedics and leaders of 119, and to mend DMAT requesting and response system.
Key words: Disasters, Fires, Mass casualty incidents, Medical assistance
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