Anti-disaster Measures in Local Public Entities for Patients Prescribed Long-Term Oxygen Therapy: Have Local Public Entities Made Appropriate Anti-disaster Measures for Patients Prescribed Long-Term Oxygen Therapy?
It is necessary to develop countermeasures against disasters using the combination of government and private funding drawing on previous experience with large-scale earthquake disasters. Cooperation among multiple disciplines and organizations beyond the affected area is important to develop and improve mutual aid for neighborhoods. However, countermeasures developed to date for patients with respiratory disease, especially those prescribed long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT), are no longer sufficient. Not all patients prescribed LTOT are included as subjects requiring assistance during a disaster in most local public entities. This may be due to a low degree of recognition about the reason why patients require oxygen, deficiencies in systems for oxygen supply, and weakness of such systems in the event of a disaster. This chapter discusses the anti-disaster measures implemented over a wide area of Matsumoto City and neighboring cities and villages, which are superior to those in other local public entities in Japan especially with regard to countermeasures for patients prescribed LTOT. In addition, various issues related to the countermeasures for patients prescribed LTOT during a disaster are discussed.
KeywordsAnti-disaster measure Long-term oxygen therapy Local public entity Matsumoto City Self-protective organization
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