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Developing a Time-Based Evaluation Method for Functional Exercises of Emergency Medical Operations

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Graduate School of Environmental Engineering, The University of Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu 808-0135, Japan
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Faculty of Environmental Engineering, The University of Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu 808-0135, Japan
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ICON Japan K. K., Tokyo 105-0001, Japan
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Kitakyushu Fire Department, Kitakyushu 803-8509, Japan
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Foundation for Ambulance Service Development, Kitakyushu 807-0874, Japan
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Kitakyushu City Yahata Hospital, Kitakyushu 805-8534, Japan
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Safety 2019, 5(3), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/safety5030049
Received: 22 May 2019 / Revised: 12 July 2019 / Accepted: 6 August 2019 / Published: 7 August 2019
Public health service is one of the most important sectors in terms of saving lives. During a disaster, hospitals and medical groups implement extension tasks from their daily activities. Enhancing coordination across organizations contributes to the removal of communication barriers. Functional exercises are simulated trainings for emergency responders that aim to enhance coordination capabilities. The application of time elements in exercise evaluation methods is a significant area of potential research. We develop methods to quantitatively analyze time spent on completing unit tasks in functional exercises. This study focuses on analyzing observed time data in two functional exercises of the Disaster Medical Operation Center in Kitakyushu, which were repeated in October and November 2015. We employed a censored regression method to analyze the time spent on both complete and incomplete unit tasks together. Differences in processing time for 39 tasks, which were repeated in the two exercises, are visually inspected. Benefits of time study in the evaluation of exercises are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: disaster preparedness; functional exercise; evaluation; task processing time disaster preparedness; functional exercise; evaluation; task processing time
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To, N.T.; Kato, T.; Imai, M.; Taninobu, M.; Kohriyama, K.; Ito, S. Developing a Time-Based Evaluation Method for Functional Exercises of Emergency Medical Operations. Safety 2019, 5, 49.

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