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Survey of hurricane preparedness finds one-third on high risk coast will refuse evacuation order

In an article ran by Global Health Vision on July 24th, it was noted that fully one third of people in hurricane prone coastal areas will refuse evacuation orders.
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Many people do not realize the impact that storms and natural disasters can have on our society, not to mention other events that have a profound inpact on our comfort of life.

Disasters, in no matter what form they come place untold burdons on our society costing tax payers many millions, if not billions of dollars annually. The solution is simple.

The Emergency Management Institute has numerous “free” courses that will train you to fully understand how our emergency response system works, and train you to be a community leader in the event of a disaster. These courses are free and they are serious in nature.

I recommend that every American Citizen take any number of these courses in order to better serve your community in the event of disaster. National disasters are one of the biggest health threats to face our nation. With hurricane Katrina still fresh on our minds
we were caught fully by surprise. The problem it seems is not enough people are taking advantage of the free training offered by the Emergency Management Institute.

The Emergency Management Institute offers the following “free” training to every American Citizen…please take a few hours to enroll, most of the courses take less that 3 days to complete and you will receive a certificate of completion upon completion of the course.

What kind of emergrncy kit does the average american need to survive until Federal help can arrive? Learn more on the Emergency Management website.

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September 3, 2007 Posted by | Emergency Preparedness, FEMA, Global Health Vision, Global News, Health, Hospital Trauma | 1 Comment

New study highlights link between unemployment and hospital trauma admissions

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Heidelberg, 8 August 2007

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Socioeconomic status, and unemployment rates in particular, predict both the type of trauma seen in emergency rooms and the population groups more likely to be victims of trauma, according to Atul Madan (1) from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and his team. Their findings have just been published online in Springer’s World Journal of Surgery.

The researchers looked at the link between unemployment rates and the types of trauma admissions in New Orleans over six years. Unemployment rates were obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The trauma registry of the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans (Charity Hospital) provided data on the trauma emergency room admissions, including patient demographics.

Between January 1994 and November 1999, there were over 24,000 trauma admissions. During that period, the higher the unemployment rate, the higher the number of admissions for penetrating trauma – injuries that occur primarily by an object piercing the skin or entering a tissue of the body, such as bullets and knives.

The lower the unemployment rates, the higher the number of admissions for blunt trauma – physical trauma caused to a body part, either by impact, injury of physical attack which can result in contusions, abrasions, lacerations and bone fractures. In this instance, the majority of blunt trauma was the result of motor vehicle collisions. The authors suggest that a possible explanation for this surprising finding could be the fact that with higher incomes, more travel is likely, which in turn increases the likelihood of motor vehicle collisions. Alternatively, more tourism to the area may have reduced unemployment but caused more road accidents.

The study also shows that as the socioeconomic status, measured here by unemployment rates, of the community changes, so do the demographics and mortality rates of the trauma population. There were more male patients, African American patients and deaths at times of high unemployment. These results suggest that during times of economic hardship, certain population groups are at higher risk of life-threatening injuries.

The authors recommend that “injury prevention efforts targeted at economically disadvantaged populations and high-risk groups should be stressed when designing community trauma outreach programs, especially during times of economic hardships.”

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(1) Madan A et al (2007). Unemployment rates and trauma admissions. World Journal of Surgery (DOI 10.1007/s00268-007-9190-4)

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