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Crit Care. 2010; 14(Suppl 1): P281.
Published online 2010 March 1. doi:  10.1186/cc8513
PMCID: PMC2934531

Analysis of the disease spectrum of treated patients after Wenchuan earthquake

Introduction

To investigate the data of patients treated by this field hospital, and to analyze the rule of spectrum of diseases in Wenchuan earthquake.

Methods

Sexes, ages and diagnoses of the patients were collected and the percentage was respectively calculated. The amount tendencies of the time distribution of patients were also analyzed.

Results

Sex differences of patients were not obvious in the total 2,331 cases. The amount in the group 15 to 60 years old, 1,535 (65.9%) cases, was significantly higher than those of other groups, but the relative ratios of the group 0 to 14 years old, 382 (16.4%) cases, and the group >60 years old, 414 (17.7%) cases, were higher than that of 15 to 60 years old. The top four diseases consist of respiratory system 601 (25.8%), trauma (fracture, wound or injury) 586 (24.9%), dermatology system 295 (12.7%) and others 243 (10.4%). The amount of internal medicine patients exceeded that of surgery.

Conclusions

The reasonable allocations of medical personnel and drugs after earthquake may help to improve the remedy results and to prevent waste of medical resource during future disasters.

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