“The Bedouin predicament” Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • An earthquake with a moment magnitude of 6· 4 struck southern Taiwan at 0357 h on Feb 6, 2016. The earthquake caused 513 injuries (in people aged 0· 5–92· 0 years, mean 40· 8 [SD 20· 5] years; 245 [48%] of whom were men) and 117 deaths (in people aged 0· 5–75· 0 years, mean 32· 0 [SD 19· 1] years; 62 [53%] of whom were men; figure). This earthquake was the deadliest to have occurred in Taiwan since the 921 earthquake in 1999. Of the 513 people who were injured, 501 (98%) were sent to emergency departments in the first 72 h after the earthquake; 146 (28%) were transferred to emergency departments by ambulance; 67 (13%) were triaged as severe, 371 (72%) intermediate, and 75 (15%) mild. 417 people (81%) were discharged from emergency departments, 75 (15%) were admitted to general wards, and 21 (4%) were admitted to intensive care units. Five people (1%) needed …

publication date

  • January 1, 2016