report of the visit on August 7th and 8th
Academic Exchanges and Visit to West China School of Medicine/West China Hospital of Sichuan University （WCSM/WCH） and Sichuan University—Hong Kong Polytechnic University institute for disaster management and reconstruction（IDMR）
During August 6th-10th Prof. Mashino came to Chengdu, China to visit IDMR and WCSM/WCH for academic exchange on disaster nursing between Japan and China. Two Chinese students of DNGL accompanied with Prof. Mashino.
In the second day with bright sunshine in the morning the visit team arrived Sichuan university—Hong Kong polytechnic university institute for disaster management and reconstruction （IDMR）. The IDMR was jointly established by Sichuan University and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University after 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, it combined interdisciplinary professionals from the two universities to focus on providing scientific and technical support to disaster relief, post-disaster reconstruction and assist the long-term community reconstruction.
The visit team with one interpreter who is a nurse from RICU of WCSM/WCH, one office staff of IDMR, one student majoring in sport and disaster from Sichuan University and one graduated master student from IDMR who majoring in disaster nursing visited the disaster nursing laboratories and had a brief discussion. The office staff of IDMR introduced the institution and its history. And said it has built laboratories in different disciplines which include disaster nursing laboratories, physical medicine laboratories, disaster engineering laboratories and there is a global disaster information database under construction. In the end, both of the teams expressed the expectation on developing mutual ties and building academic cooperation between the two institutes.
In the afternoon our visit team came to Nursing College of Sichuan University and Prof. Mashino gave a lecture on “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 and nursing contribution on it” for nursing graduate students. In the lecture Prof. Mashino explained the origin, content and objectives of SFDRR, and shared the implementation of the SFDRR ”Words into Action” in Japan. The nursing students actively and enthusiastically participated in questioning and discussions. One of the student who is also the disaster rescue team member said that from his experiences in one rescue mission his team had not prepared logistics supplies and did not get enough information on the heath statues of the victims so his team actually was not able to provide proper medical service to the victims. Prof. Mashino discussed this issue with students and explained that it was important to ensure team logistics and built the information exchange system between disaster site and disaster medical team.
After the lecture Prof. Mashino visited the operation room and emergency department of WCSM/WCH, listened to the introduction from head nurses on advanced equipment and treatment, nursing management and so on. These two departments are closely related to disaster nursing so more international cooperation should be conducted between Japan and China.
On August 8th Prof. Mashino led the visit team to attend a symposium with all the students studying in and graduated from Sichuan University majoring in disaster nursing. This symposium was chaired by Prof. Hu Xiuying the director of nursing department of WCSM/WCH. Prof. Song Jingping the deputy director of the nursing department, Prof. Fang Jingbo who is in charge of foreign affairs of WCSM/WCH nursing department and Prof. Feng Xianqiong who is in charge of nursing department of IDMR also participated in this symposium. With all the experts in disaster nursing the discussions were vigorously. In the symposium disaster nursing was discussed from different perspectives. The main discussion topics are how to organize the disaster recue medical team and as a nurse? How to work with professionals from other aspect in rescue mission? How to educate the public about disaster knowledge? How to carry out disaster education in public schools? As a clinic nurse how to find time to join in disaster nursing volunteer activities in the usual busy work? What is the ongoing research programs in our institution? Prof. Mashino discussed this these topics with all the professors and students and explained the disaster management system and medical rescue system in Japan as well as the disaster management experiences in Japan. Besides, discussed with Prof. Feng on the disaster nursing education programs and disaster nursing researches. Prof. Feng expressed her praise and interest in our institution and DNGL program. Additionally, Prof. Mashino introduced our institution, DNGL program and presented the welcome for all the applicants for this program. From this symposium experts from China and Japan exchanged opinions and experiences on disaster nursing this helped us to understand each other. Expanding international exchange between counties will provide us a way to improve the science and techniques of disaster nursing and together we could have the capacity to build a safer world.
After this symposium Prof. Mashino and the DNGL students also had a trip to visit out-patient department and geriatric department of WCSM/WCH.
Reported by Tao YE (The 1st year DNGL student)
This academic exchange and visit was conducted with the great help from Prof. Hu Xiuyin and doctor Tian Yali, and during the visit we also got the assist from Prof. Gu Linsheng, Wu lina, Fan Ke, head nurses from operation room, emergency department and geriatric department, students from Sichuan university and so on. I want to express my gratitude to all of them.
In the third day of this visit, August 9th 21:19, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Jiuzhaigou National Park killed 23 people and injuring 493 people (from the Sichuan Government website 2017.8.12). The earthquake-hit site is located in south-west China and it is about 450 km away from Chengdu. About 20 minutes after the earthquake WCSM/WCH launched disaster emergency plan and within three hours disaster rescue teams were dispatched to Jiuzhaigou. Nearly all of students and professors we met in the morning took part in the disaster relief work. And from pictures posted on the news our nurse are active in on-site rescue, patient transfer, provide assist to local hospitals and so on. Although it is impossible to prevent all the natural disasters but after years of efforts China has made great improvement in disaster management and relief and our nurse plays an important part in it. China is a natural disaster-prone country, especially in western China. So as a DNGL student from western China I felt the urgent to learn more about disaster. Hope I can follow the steps of disaster nursing experts, build the bridge between China and Japan, and try to help our communities be prepared and resilient for disasters.