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2015 Nepal Earthquake: Analysis of Child Rescue and Treatment by a Field Hospital

  • Jun Wang (a1), Hui Ding (a2) (a3), Qi Lv (a2) (a3), Jin-hong Chen (a4), Yan-feng Sun (a1), Hao-jun Fan (a2) (a3) and Qiu-ling Liu (a1)...



To retrospectively analyze the rescue and treatment of pediatric patients by the Chinese Red Cross medical team during the Nepal earthquake relief.


The medical team set up a field hospital; the pediatric clinic consisted of 1 pediatrician and several nurses. Children younger than 18 years old were placed in the pediatric clinic for injury examination and treatment.


During the 7-day period of medical assistance (the second to third week after the earthquake), a total of 108 pediatric patients were diagnosed and treated, accounting for 2.8% of the total patients. The earthquake-related injuries mainly required surgical dressing and debridement. No severe limb fractures or traumatic brain injuries were found. Infection of the respiratory tract, the gastrointestinal tract, and the skin were the most common ailments, accounting for 42.3%, 18.5%, and 16.7%, respectively, of the total treated patients.


Two to 3 weeks after the earthquake, the admitted pediatric patients mainly displayed respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. When developing a rescue plan and arranging medical resources, we should consider the necessity of treating non–disaster-related conditions. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2016;page 1 of 4)


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Correspondence and reprint requests to Liu Qiu-ling, General Hospital of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force, Yongding Rd 69, Haidian District, Beijing, China, 100039 (e-mail:


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Wang Jun, Ding Hui, and Lv Qi contributed equally to this work.



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