Hanyang Med Rev.  2015 Aug;35(3):124-130. 10.7599/hmr.2015.35.3.124.

Emergency Medicine in Disasters

  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea. erwsj@chol.com


Disaster medicine and emergency medicine are common in many parts, particularly in the acute stage of disaster, so the role of emergency medicine in disaster is very important. For adequate disaster preparation and response, interest and investment to emergency medical care for emergency and safety issues that deal with most important thing, life conservation, must be made in the future. Specifically, support to the emergency medical centers as disaster base hospitals is necessary for emergency medicine to perform adequate roles in disaster, and it is also necessary to assign the role to the hospital in the area that holds the local risk factors. Because of the poor preparedness for nuclear, chemical or biological disaster in Korea, the important things are the preparation and establishment of infrastructure based on equipment and facilities, related to special type disasters. So the government should support the emergency medical system for the adequate response to disasters as well as individual emergency care.


Disasters; Disaster Medicine; Disaster Medical System; Emergency Medicine
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