Medication supply for people evacuated during disasters.

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Title: Medication supply for people evacuated during disasters.
Author(s): Ochi, S
Hodgson, S
Landeg, O
Mayner, L
Murray, V
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: © 2015 Chinese Cochrane Center, West China Hospital of Sichuan University and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.Medication loss is a major problem in disaster settings, and it is crucial for patients to bring their medication and healthcare items with them when they leave their homes during an evacuation. This article is based on a systematic literature review on medication loss, the objectives of which were to identify the extent and implications of medication loss, to identify the burden of prescription refill, and to make recommendations on effective preparedness. The review revealed that medication loss, prescription loss and refills, and the loss of medical aids are a significant burden on the medical relief teams. The medical aids are not limited to drugs, but include routine medications, medical/allergy records, devices for specific care and daily life, and emergency medications. One possible solution is to make a personal emergency pack and for people to carry this with them at all times. To ensure that patients are adequately prepared, stakeholders, especially health professionals, need to be actively involved in the preparation plans. Since our findings have little impact on disaster risk reduction unless shared broadly, we are now taking actions to spread our findings, such as presenting in conferences and via posters, in order to raise awareness among patients and healthcare professionals. As part of these activities, our findings were presented at the Evidence Aid Symposium on 20 September 2014, at Hyderabad, India.
Publication Date: 25-Mar-2015
Date of Acceptance: 28-Oct-2014
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/30080
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jebm.12138
ISSN: 1756-5391
Publisher: Wiley
Start Page: 39
End Page: 41
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine
Volume: 8
Issue: 1
Copyright Statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ochi, S., Hodgson, S., Landeg, O., Mayner, L. and Murray, V. (2015), Medication supply for people evacuated during disasters. Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, 8: 39–41. , which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jebm.12138.  This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Keywords: Medication
drug
emergency
preparedness
Disasters
Health Services Accessibility
Humans
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Humans
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Disasters
Health Services Accessibility
Medication
drug
emergency
preparedness
Disasters
Health Services Accessibility
Humans
Pharmaceutical Preparations
11 Medical And Health Sciences
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medicine
Epidemiology, Public Health and Primary Care



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