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Taiwan: Taiwan Records over 40 Sudden Deaths as Cold Front Hits


Taipei: Taiwan has recorded more than 40 cases of sudden death since a cold front began affecting the island Feb. 8. Statistics from fire departments of major cities and counties around the island show that since that day, they had been called out to attend 10 sudden death cases in Taipei, while surrounding New Taipei reported 19 such deaths. Taoyuan County reported 4 deaths, and the emergency health care system in Taichung, central Taiwan, reported 10 fatalities, mostly caused by strokes and cardiovascular problems.
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Taiwan: Police to Step up Hospital Security to Including Emergency Ward


The police vowed on March 19 to help strengthen security at hospitals, in the wake of a case of hospital violence. The police will expand their patrols to include hospital emergency rooms and will also make more frequent patrols, Criminal Investigation Bureau deputy chief Yang Yuan-ming (楊源明) said. An average of 600 cases of violence occur in hospital emergency rooms in the country every year, Department of Medical Affairs Director Lee Wui-chiang (李偉強) said.
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Taiwan: South Korean Ferry Disaster Prompts Emergency Drills


Taipei: Taiwan is to hold emergency response drills for seven passenger and cargo ships in the wake of the South Korean ferry disaster on April 16 Wednesday last week, the Maritime and Ports Bureau said, adding that the drills are to be completed within one month. As of April 20 evening, the death toll from the South Korean ferry sinking had risen to 58, with rescuers continuing to search for more than 200 missing people. The bureau said it had met with representatives of China Corporation Register of Shipping, Ship and Ocean Industries Research and Development Center, as well as disaster search and rescue professionals on April 18 Friday t
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Taiwan: NCDR Reorganized to Boost Disaster Prevention


The ROC Legislative Yuan has passed laws reorganizing the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) to become an administrative institute under the Ministry of Science and Technology, in a move to strengthen real-time reporting from risk areas and decision-making, the NCDR said May 6. The reorganized NCDR will introduce R&D technologies to improve disaster management efficiency and play a larger role in integrating disaster and emergency information to assist central and local government decision-making.
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Taiwan: Maggots? Zwitterions? New products enter the ever-evolving first-aid kit


Taipei: In the quest to ease the transition from wounded to healed, the art of treating wounds has entered an innovative phase, the latest development in which Taiwanese researchers presented a porous dressing they say works faster than commercially available products. The porous quality of the material allows wounds to breathe, while the addition of an element they call zwitterions wicks bacteria and dried blood away from the wound site instead of allowing it to collect as it does with conventional bandaging. Bacteria-laden bandages, browning from blood stains, are fading into the past, and a product called WoundSeal hopes to eliminate the
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