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Japan: Emergency Rooms Struggling to Treat People with Dementia


Hospitals with emergency departments are having difficulty caring for people with dementia, a survey led by the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology says.\r\nAbout 94 percent of the hospitals that replied said it was difficult to provide care to people with dementia when they are rushed in to treat injuries or illness, citing the risk of patients falling, miscommunicating or failing to cooperate on check-ups and treatment.
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Japan: Glitch Leaves 119 Emergency Number Down for 2nd Time in 2Months in Tokyo


Tokyo: The Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department said on April 15 that its emergency 119 line was down for about four hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 14 Tuesday. It was the second time in 2 months that the 119 had been inaccessible.In February, all 23 wards of Tokyo were affected. In Tuesday’s glitch, the service was partially interrupted in all wards, Fuji TV reported.Officials said that 59 emergency calls could not get through during the outage, and that a number of medical and fire emergency situations were affected by the issue.
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Japan: Finance Ministry Panel Proposes Introduction of Ambulance Fees


Mainichi: An advisory panel to the finance minister has proposed a plan to introduce fees for those using ambulances for minor injuries or mild conditions.The Finance Ministry\'s Fiscal System Council proposed the idea of switching the deployment of ambulances to a paid service at a May 11 meeting to help reduce the 2 trillion yen annual budget allotted to fire-fighting and disaster management measures. While the proposal implies a warning sign targeting those who use ambulances as taxi services, the introduction of ambulance fees is likely to stir opposition.
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Japan: Fire Department Plans Special Ambulances to Handle Highly Infectious Disease Cases


Amid increasing threats of infectious viruses such as Ebola and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, the Tokyo Fire Department is planning to introduce specially designed ambulances to deliver patients with such diseases, NHK reported on Friday (June 12).\r\nThe Tokyo Fire Department will be the nation’s first to have the ambulances, which are designed to avoid the viruses from leaking outside by lowering the pressure of the space where patients are kept. The vehicles will also be equipped with a device to generate ozone gas to de-activate viruses, according to the report.
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Japan: Govt to Designate Hospitals for N-disaster


Japan will designate hospitals within 30 kilometers of nuclear power stations as hub medical institutions to treat radiation-exposed patients in the event of accidents at such plants, according to a draft of revised nuclear disaster response guidelines.\r\nThe draft, approved by the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday(JUNE 24), is designed to beef up the emergency medical system based on lessons learned from the triple reactor meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which was damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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