KITAMURA Tetsuhisa ≪Environmental Medicine and Population Sciences≫ “The Great East Japan Earthquake and Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest”

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PublishThe New England Journal of Medicine(2013) doi:10.1056/NEJMc1306058

The Great East Japan Earthquake, the most powerful in Japan on record, caused unprecedented damage in northeast Japan. In this study, we assessed the impact of this earthquake on the occurrence of adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) with cardiac origin.
In the three prefectures (Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima), the OHCA occurrence was significantly increased in the first (risk ratio=1.70), second (risk ratio=1.48), third (risk ratio=1.47), and fourth (risk ratio=1.26) week after the earthquake.
We consider that our epidemiological data would be of help in improving disaster medicine worldwide.