• Users Online: 127
  • Home
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 75-81

Health sector readiness for patient tracking in disaster: A literature review on concepts and patterns


1 Health Management in Disaster, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
3 Department of Health Information Management, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Mohammad H Yarmohammadian
Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Hezarjerib Street, Isfahan
Iran
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.191106

Rights and Permissions

Background: One of the main concerns for patient safety in disaster is continuous patient trace from disaster scene to a care center, including victims' identification, data register at the scene, records of the initial medical assessment, real-time alerts regarding patients' situation, and update location of them. This process is called patient tracking which promotes their safety and reduces number of victims and secondary problems caused by disaster. The aim of this study was to review the literature and evidence of patient tracking in disasters. Materials and Methods: This was a review study which was performed through databases, journals, and available electronic resources in the case of a contract with the Ministry of Health. Inclusion criteria included the resources regarding the concepts, considerations, and components of patient tracking and related patterns for tracking the patients who were injured in disasters. Data were collected through taking notes, were analyzed by content analysis, and were presented in two categories. Results: The review and evaluation of the results obtained were classified into two areas: The findings of the research showed that 40% of references were pertained to patient tracking concepts, considerations, and components, and the rest of them were related to the implementation of the tracking system and patterns in the exercises and rarely at disasters. Conclusions: Identification and tracking of natural disaster's victims is a vital role to collect important information and facilitate communication in a timely manner which helps to address patients' medical needs, reduce duplication activities for them. Also classification and distribution of this information among health officials and institutions is a national necessity. This important issue facilitates to do preparedness plans for disaster response and to reduce people losses in the community. This important issue facilitates to do preparedness plans for disaster response and to reduce people losses in the community.


[FULL TEXT] [PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed884    
    Printed15    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded156    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal