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Effective plans for hospital system response to earthquake emergencies

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dc.contributor.author Ceferino, L.
dc.contributor.author Mitrani-Reiser, J.
dc.contributor.author Kiremidjian, A.
dc.contributor.author Deierlein, G.
dc.contributor.author Bambaren Alatrista, Celso Vladimir
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-14T16:06:17Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-14T16:06:17Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12866/8687
dc.description.abstract Hospital systems play a critical role in treating injuries during disaster emergency responses. Simultaneously, natural disasters hinder their ability to operate at full capacity. Thus, cities must develop strategies that enable hospitals’ effective disaster operations. Here, we present a methodology to evaluate emergency response based on a model that assesses the loss of hospital functions and quantifies multiseverity injuries as a result of earthquake damage. The proposed methodology can design effective plans for patient transfers and allocation of ambulances and mobile operating rooms. This methodology is applied to Lima, Peru, subjected to a disaster scenario following a magnitude 8.0 earthquake. Our results show that the spatial distribution of healthcare demands mismatches the post-earthquake capacities of hospitals, leaving large zones on the periphery significantly underserved. This study demonstrates how plans that leverage hospital-system coordination can address this demand-capacity mismatch, reducing waiting times of critically injured patients by factors larger than two. en_US
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer Nature
dc.relation.ispartofseries Nature Communications
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/restrictedAccess
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.es
dc.subject Engineering en_US
dc.subject Environmental social sciences en_US
dc.subject Health care en_US
dc.subject Natural hazards en_US
dc.title Effective plans for hospital system response to earthquake emergencies en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-18072-w
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#1.06.03
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#1.04.00
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#1.03.00
dc.relation.issn 2041-1723

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