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The August 24, 2016, Central Italy Earthquake: Validation of the “Modified Utstein Template for Hospital Disaster Response Reporting” As a New Tool for Reporting Hospitals’ Response to Disasters

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 July 2019

Matteo Paganini
Affiliation:
CRIMEDIM, Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy Università di Padova, Italy – PGY 5, Emergency Medicine Resident
Luca Ragazzoni
Affiliation:
CRIMEDIM, Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy
Fabio Rossitto
Affiliation:
CRIMEDIM, Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy
Aurora Vecchiato
Affiliation:
CRIMEDIM, Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy Università di Sassari, Italy – PGY 5, Emergency Medicine Resident
Rita Bonfini
Affiliation:
Emergency Department – S. Camillo de Lellis Hospital, Rieti, Italy
Maria Vittoria Mucciante
Affiliation:
Health Administration – S. Salvatore Hospital, L’Aquila, Italy
Alessandra Nisii
Affiliation:
Health Administration - C. e G. Mazzoni Hospital, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Francesco Della Corte
Affiliation:
CRIMEDIM, Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy
Pier Luigi Ingrassia
Affiliation:
CRIMEDIM, Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy
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Abstract

Background:

After-action reports analyze events and improve knowledge about how to prevent and react to unexpected situations. Anyway, there is no consensus among the templates developed for disaster events reporting, and there is not a specific model for reporting hospital disaster response.

Objective:

The study was aimed to pilot the use of a new assessment tool for hospital response to natural disasters.

Methods:

A data collection tool, focused on hospital disaster response to natural disasters, was created modifying the “Utstein-Style Template for Uniform Data Reporting of Acute Medical Response in Disasters” and tested the reaction of the nearest hospitals to the epicenter after the August 24, 2016, Central Italy earthquake.

Results:

Four hospitals were included. The completion rate of the tool was 97.10%. A total of 613 patients accessed the 4 emergency departments, most of them in Rieti Hospital (178; 29.04%). Three hundred thirty-six (54.81%) patients were classified as earthquake-related, most with trauma injuries (260; 77.38%).

Conclusions:

This template seemed to be a valid instrument for hospital disaster management reporting and could be used for better comprehension of hospital disaster reaction, debriefing activities, and hospital disaster plan revisions.

Type
Original Research
Copyright
© 2019 Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc.

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