FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

115by the disaster.In addition, we cooperated with FMU Hospital to treat patients with psychiatric disorders, who could not obtain adequate care after evacuation. We also provided care for patients who were psychologically affected by the disaster.(4) Looking Back on our Work at the HeadquartersInitially, I thought that I could manage working at the Fukushima Disaster Response Headquarters, helping strangers without hesitation or grief. But for two weeks I was away from my normal workplace given the disaster circumstances, which were different from regular ones. I did not have direct contact with those who needed critical care and medical treatment and was doing a job that I was not used to. All these things worried me, as I did not know what exactly I would be needed for. Moreover, my work was not being evaluated, and I felt powerless as a nurse. This led me to depression, making it hard for me to even smile on the job.At those times, I received encouraging emails from my head nurse or hospital staff. This would cheer me up and get my emotions back on track, ready to concentrate on work again. During my breaks, the liaison nurse at FMU Hospital set up interviews with me. Using a scale, she conducted stress tests measuring how much impact a given occurrence had. Being aware that I was in a stressful state, I was able to think about ways to relieve stress, and consequently my anxiety decreased.*FMU Hospital hosted last fall’s Tohoku DMAT Conference and Emergency Drill. As the host facility, we received the cooperation of many medical facilities, firefighters, and the National Self-Defense Forces to prepare for and conduct the drill. The drill made us realize the importance of tasks such as information transfers at the headquarters logistics to process gathered information. After the earthquake, the first-hand experience of doing logistics work at the Fukushima Disaster Response Headquarters and handling the flood of information with the constantly changing situation, allowed me to reaffirm the importance of the accurate transmission of information. Along with the logistics work at the headquarters, I was able to draw on my medical knowledge and nursing experience gained while working with various professionals. I plan to continue acquiring the requisite knowledge and skills so that I can apply this experience of processing information in future collaborations with DMATs.Activity Records of the Fukushima Medical University Hospital0 of 2,065 University staff members killed or injured by the earthquakeOverview of Faculty Affected by the DisasterGeneral Affairs Department*as of February 1, 2012Teaching faculty429Nursing staff, etc.1,087Subtotal1,516Visiting and associated staff, etc.549Total2,065