Name of the expert warned: There is an increase in scorpion and snake bites in earthquake emergency situations

The national congress held in Antalya by the Turkish Emergency Medicine Association (TATD) gathered emergency medicine specialists who rushed to the region from the first hours after the February 6 Kahramanmaraş earthquakes. While disasters and earthquakes were the main theme of the conference, nearly a thousand emergency medicine specialists from around the country gathered to discuss the most up-to-date, scientific evaluations of the cases found in the emergency room, the citizens’ first door to the hospital. , in different sessions and courses. In addition, the ‘Earthquake Workshop’ was held at the conference, bringing together emergency care specialists from the 10 most affected provinces. In the workshop, current problems in the event of regional calamities and measures to be taken were evaluated. It was emphasized that some regional hospitals, such as Adana City Hospital, are experiencing a high patient load due to the patient applications being scattered from some provinces where health facilities have been badly damaged to surrounding provinces. In addition, it was stated that many emergency room physicians and health personnel who experienced the trauma of the earthquake and lost their relatives are still trying to cope with the daily visits of up to 2,000 patients in some emergency situations, even though these are relatively small counties. It was noted that as the people of the region were not aware of the field hospitals where they could receive outpatient care, they turned to the emergency room at the slightest health need, which could hinder the provision of services to critical patients. patients in emergency departments, and that informational guidance should be provided to the public.


TATD Disaster Group Secretary Assoc. Dr. In a statement to Demirören News Agency after the workshop, Sarper Yılmaz noted that the housing problems of the doctors and health personnel affected by the earthquake in the region are still not fully resolved, and that the doctors who live there or who later came on assignment, to leave their families in other provinces because of the shortage of housing. associate Dr. Yılmaz said: “Patients’ hearts stop and we start resuscitation. We do not accept that there was an earthquake in 10 cities on February 6. The hearts of 10 cities stopped and we have been carrying out resuscitation in those 10 cities since February 6 . We try to control and analyze this process step by step. The better we can reveal the truths, errors and shortcomings of this earthquake, the better we will be prepared for the next earthquake. Because an earthquake also means preparations for the next earthquake We are watching the region with open eyes from the emergency services in 10 provinces,” he said.


associate Dr. Yılmaz said, “People from the three provinces where destruction was high migrated to the nearest provinces and distant cities. The patient potential in nearby provinces has doubled in our emergency services. Looking at distant cities, the applications from patients who were physically and psychologically affected by the earthquake are still going on. In fact, 10 provinces are a big city. “The earthquake was devastated, but we are trying to face it together with 81 provinces. The number of patients has increased enormously, especially in the provinces around the earthquake zone. Despite the decline in the city’s population in earthquake zones, applications are relatively high,” he said.


Noting that not only health facilities but also health workers in the region have been damaged, Assoc. Dr. Yılmaz said: “It is impossible that we can still provide health services here with the old capacity. The most basic needs of the health workers there, especially our emergency doctors and other departments, must be solved as soon as possible. Most of the health problems of workers come and go from out of town.for security reasons they work in that town for a certain time and then go back to their families.He returns to Ordu to see him.He is one of the newly appointed doctors.There are many such examples 3 people, 5 people sleep in 1 container. In the morning they go on duty, in the evening the other team comes, stay in the same container and try to run the system like this with a circulation. Health workers who go with their own tents, have problems with accommodation and work there, are far from their families, they are struggling to meet even their basic needs, but they are still here, now our shelter, housing and basic needs need to be provided so that patient care can continue there be granted.”


Emphasizing that most health facilities in 10 provinces, especially in three, were damaged, Assoc. Dr. Assoc notes that most emergency services, especially in 3 provinces such as Maraş, Hatay and Adıyaman, do not know enough about other health facilities they can turn to. Dr. Yılmaz continued his words as follows: “There are many field hospitals there. They have been established by teams from both foreign and domestic. But our local people don’t know, so they always go to places they used to know. The easiest way to learn this is to come to the emergency room and see where i can be treated Ask questions Even that is a workload in itself When treating a really critical patient that means the area is full Proportional 1.7; the number of emergency patients has doubled.”

‘Scorpio and snake bites, eye infections increased’

associate Dr. Yılmaz noted that scorpion and snake bites began to attract attention among the people of the region and warned the following: “The number of applications that we call ecological emergencies has increased. For example, snake bites, scorpion stings or because of the citizens’ inability to always access to clean water. infections. We’re seeing a significant increase in our patient profile, what we call environmental emergencies. We think this process may reflect a very serious admission of patients in the emergency, especially due to the difficult living conditions with the warming weather. For example, we experienced carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter, in the post-earthquake period. Incredible stove poisoning. “We saw cases in emergency situations. As seasons changed, as weather conditions changed, we started encountering snake and scorpion stings. So what can be done about all these, what precautions should be taken, what will be the solution, we will prepare a report on this and submit it to the Ministry.”

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