Japan recently experienced a huge earthquake and a historical radiation disaster which has not yet been controlled. Tokyo Electric Power underestimated the risk of disaster, which resulted in radiation leakage and chaos. The author, who is a contributor to Radiation preparedness efforts sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education of Science, argues that the drill and training course, were not sufficient to cope with this kind of disaster. The words "beyond expectations" prevailed in Japan in terms of disaster preparedness. Yet earthquakes and tsunami on a similar scale have occurred before. Once this huge disaster struck, almost all our prior planning was inadequate, and we needed new thinking to deal with the situation. From the point of view of a doctor working real time at the scene, Dr. Hayashi will discuss the situation and offer recommendations. A review of the painful lessons of this real disaster will help to identify obstacles and gain new insights into preparations for future events.
About Dr. Hiroyuki Hayashi
A graduate of Japan's Jichi Medical School, Dr. Hayashi has been a pioneer in the evolution of Emergency Medicine in Japan for more than twenty years. He has served as a clinical emergency doctor in the trenches in several communities. Dr. Hayashi has also served on numerous committees and development projects to advance trauma care in Japan. He currently is Professor, Division of Emergency and Family Medicine, University of Fukui Hospital, Fukui Prefecture in Japan in addition to his duties as clinician, administrator and father. Dr. Hayashi spent two years in Toronto as a visiting physician from 1991-93 and continues his Canadian connection by maintaining his membership in the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and through periodic visits.
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