FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

120to measure, at specified physical locations, those areas of the hospital with patients deemed to be of particular sensitivity to radiation. The areas included the NICU (3rd floor) and Pediatrics (4th floor, west) with infants/children highly susceptible to radiation, the ICU (3rd floor) and the Emergency Room (4th floor, east) with frequent use of artificial respirators using outside air. These measurements were conducted three times a day from March 22–24, and once a day from March 25. Also, from April 18, weekday measurements were undertaken by members of the Radioisotope Center, and responsibility for weekend measurements was assigned to the faculty of Life Sciences and Social Medicine. From May 11, the schedule for taking measurements changed to two times a week, on weekdays only, of which the Radioisotope Center faculty took full charge.In addition to the above-mentioned activities, starting form April, a team formed by the Dean of the Medical School went into action to measure campus radiation levels, as it was determined that regular, long-term monitoring at multiple points within the university was necessary. The details of the measurements performed by this team have been reported by Professor Tsuneo Kobayashi at the Fukushima Society of Medical Science Symposium (organized on July 18, 2011).Record of Radiation Monitoring Activities by the Faculty of Life Sciences and Social Medicine1. Background•Many Fukushima residents were forced to seek refuge in shelters or remain confined to their homes because of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the ensuing incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.•Futaba Kosei Hospital, Fukushima Prefectural Ono Hospital, and various other regional medical institutions were shut down in the same manner, which caused a sharp increase in the burden on other hospitals and clinics in the surrounding area.•An advanced emergency medical support team made rounds at evacuation shelters in Iwaki. A community and family medicine division conducted medical examinations and health checkups for people confined to their homes in the voluntary evacuation zone (regions within a 20–30-km radius of the imperiled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant). Such relief activities continued from Monday, March 28, until Friday, April 1, 2011, in order to reduce the burden on local medical institutions and improve the safety and security of the daily activities of people experiencing long-term impacts of the disaster.•Starting on Monday, April 4, 2011, the relief provision zone and medical support team organization were expanded throughout the prefecture, based on performance indicators and local needs.2. SummaryRefer to Chapter 1, page 50.Overview of Fukushima Medical University’s Post-Disaster Wide-Ranging Medical Relief EffortsPlanning and Financial Affairs Division[Reference Material]Results of Advanced Emergency Medical Support Activities(March 28, 2011–June 17, 2011)Results of relief activities (pediatrics and infections, economic measures, circulatory conditions, psychiatric health care team)RegionNorth FukushimaCentral FukushimaSouth FukushimaAizuMinamiaizuSosoIwakiTotalNo. of clinical records7667956826506931,3763,963