Tokyo Subway Sarin Incident: Emergency Medical Response by St. Luke's International Hospital   [open pdf - 84KB]

"The following article has been translated by LLIS.gov with the full consent of its authors and is meant as a public service to the Lessons Learned Information Sharing community. Text enclosed in brackets indicates comments added by the translator for clarification. All photos and images have been omitted. A full citation is provided at the end of the translation. Medical responses to disasters vary greatly depending on the nature and scope of the incident. In a large-scale natural disaster, such as the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, medical facilities, communication networks, transportation, and lifelines [infrastructure such as electricity, gas, and water] are damaged, hindering effective medical response. The Tokyo Subway Sarin Incident was an unnatural disaster with a more limited scope. In other words, the sarin incident differs from a large-scale natural disaster in that medical facilities, communication networks, transportation, and lifelines remained undamaged. In this paper, we will present what St. Luke's International Hospital (SLIH) did after the Tokyo Subway Sarin Incident and examine some problems that need to be addressed."

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