Japan nuclear agency says hospital was too busy to properly treat radiation victims after Fukushima

Published: February 26th, 2012 at 10:42 pm ET


Title: More nuclear response hospitals needed
Source: NHK
Date: Monday, February 27, 2012 09:33 +0900 (JST)

Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission says hospitals outside of evacuation zones must be designated as emergency treatment facilities for people exposed to radiation after possible nuclear accidents.

The commission made the recommendation after 5 hospitals near the Fukushima Daiichi power plant failed to function properly in the wake of the nuclear accident in March last year. […]

The commission says Fukushima Medical University Hospital, which is a core care facility for radiation exposure, was too busy dealing with patients injured in the earthquake and tsunami to properly treat radiation victims. […]

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Published: February 26th, 2012 at 10:42 pm ET


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22 comments to Japan nuclear agency says hospital was too busy to properly treat radiation victims after Fukushima

  • CB CB

    It is the very knife in Japans wound. Why would they forsake their countryman. xdrfox?

  • Sickputer

    In a word…overwhelmed by events. Medical workers can only multitask so much and in a crisis they get overworked way beyond the ability to offer proper care. It is triage work because it is a war against an alien enemy and it never ends.

    • CB CB

      PLZ don't make excuses for these Fuk's. With the money made, the industry should at minimum been ready to put in place emergency response from a pre-planned response guideline. But reality is guess not. So what you said.

      • Misitu

        Complacency, CB.

        I have begun to develop another theme about the colonialising export of technology, in this case of early NP generation technology from the US to Japan. The target nation does not need to know everything except that they will need to provide a risk assessment. Of course, they are not told how to carry that out. Never mind, in the words of the Iraq Invasion Force, "Don't worry, THEY won't notice".

        Anyone who says this is a fuxing nightmare is not wrong at all.

        And as others have commented it is just like one of those very bad disaster movies.

        Except that.


      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi CB

        I agree, when they put these plants in place they all have provisions for themselves. However, for the regular person who doesn't have the money or connections, there are no provisions for the people.

        They made their money at the cost of the public and the environment.

        Even at the cost of the public, the officials who allowed this will be in a safer place and treated if needed.

        The public should not expect the same treatment. Even though this was the result of something to dangerous to be built, and that they never knew how to control.

    • Misitu

      That's so true SP. For example, in my experience watching emergency over several days on a severely brain damaged child, nurses can only handle 4 interruptions before forgetting the original task. It's not their fault that they have too much to do, and anxious relatives with "our" own agenda don't help. As you say, it turns into a numbers game eventually with the best will in the world. Our "named nurse" later told us she went home crying.

      I cannot agree with you more than 100% otherwise I would.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi Misitu

        There are many who go into the medical field to give the best care to others that they can give.

        It must be a horrible feeling not to help all the people that they see.

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    The rad victims will be sent to whatever hospital has people in place to cover up/spin info about the rad patients.

  • labmonkeywithagun labmonkeywithagun

    Look guys, I do ER and trauma.
    This shit would suck, I don't care how well you are trained.
    Too many and you are doing a MASH triage, worst ones you MIGHT be able to save first. The ones the gonna' die anyway, 10 mg/kilo of morphine. You KILL them and you know it, but they die painless.
    You want my job?

    Radiation without burns….we have an open window of time.
    Your judgement, and you really do listen to people around you and do the Possible first. And sometimes smallest shit kills and if you had known to give this guy an aspirin……so small, so simple.
    Had other things and didn't "get it".
    Then your best people were at the plant trying to hose down the cores. Fire crew have special knowledge and they are where you KNOW they are collecting major damage points……
    Hell,I don't see myself making a difference in 20/20 hindsight.
    Flame me for it, it's the truth

    • CB CB

      You just did, any suggestions? Come to the table with a problem, bring a possible solution. "Radiation without burns….we have an open window of time". What do you suggest. Whats open window of time in your field.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi labmonkeywithagun

      Working a MASH triage is not easy. My Dad was in world War 11 under Patton's Army as a medic in many of the battles, he also had to make many hard decisions, so I understand what you are saying.

      You mentioned radiation without burns, is there a way an every day person who knows nothing about medical care to help people with that while waiting to see a medical person?

      Thank You

  • Sickputer

    My wife is a nurse and I have seen many people, friends, relatives and strangers pass away in hospitals. Blessed are the nurses who help terminally ill patients pass quietly.

    My dad and mother each had a special angel nurse who we asked for the pain medicine as desired in their living wills. Death with dignity is something modern medicine oft time forgets in the interest of rules and money.

    If you don't carry an emergency living will card in your wallet then I suggest you get one…especially in light of the current atmosphere. I used to sell a wall-sized version on my Living Will website for $1 a card.

    If a hospital is not overwhelmed then they will try to keep you going longer beyond what I prefer, but to each his own. I just know I prefer quality of life versus longevity of life.

    • CB CB

      Thanks Sickputer. Point taken…

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      I saw a Chernobyl Documentation once, and the reporter had filmed in a hospital (I don't know if he filmed with hidden camera, but I guess so).
      One of the liquidators was lying in a bed – they had taken the mattress away under him. He was loosing his flesh. He was in so much pain and held tight to the sides of the bed – when he loosened his grip, the nurse wiped away the skin and flesh that he left on the bedframe.
      They didn't have enough medicine to allow him to die. It was by far the most horrible scene I've seen in my life.
      It's impossible to imagine what the medical stuff goes through in such a situation.

      We are responsible as well. It's our job to demand the necessary from our governments – to shut the beasts down.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi BreadAndButter

        Wonder why Morphine wasn't shipped to them? An over dose on that is kinder and a humane thing to do, instead of the person laying there dyeing suffering with radiation poisoning and burns.

        I agree.. Shut Those Beasts Down

  • Sickputer

    Make that wallet-sized…damn lack of edit… *;-) My eyesight has been poorer post-Fukushima.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear agency is just pointing fingers. The real problem is "nuclear plants", which is such a horrid way of making electricity.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    I am sure the Doctors and Nurses are busy there, with many not feeling good themselves.
    They must feel over whelmed, to many that needs help.

    Funny how they think medical care should be cut for the public, then a disaster happens and the people suffer even more.