The management of patients receiving home respiratory care with tracheostomy and positive-pressure ventilation

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Abstract

On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred and a massive tsunami hit the northeastern coast of Japan. In Miyagi prefecture in Tokoku district, 49 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis were supported by home respiratory care with tracheostomy and positive-pressure ventilation at that time. Among them, two patients were died in the tsunami and 25 patients were forced to evacuate to hospitals. We should hurry to submit a guideline for medical transportation for patients with neuromuscular diseases requiring artificial ventilation. We also should research the disaster medicine in the field of neurology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1149-1151
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Neurology
Volume53
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 1

Keywords

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Disaster
  • Great earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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