American Society of Civil Engineers

Seismic Risk Assessment and Upgrade Strategy of Hospital-lifeline Performance

by Yasuko Kuwata, (Graduate student, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kobe University, Rokkodai 1, Nada, Kobe 6578501, JAPAN) and Shiro Takada, (Professor, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Kobe University, Rokkodai 1, Nada, Kobe 6578501, JAPAN)
Section: Lifeline Management and Policy Issues, pp. 82-91, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Advancing Mitigation Technologies and Disaster Response for Lifeline Systems
Abstract: Medical facility needs to sustain lifeline functions in order to receive and take care of a large number of injured people whenever the catastrophic earthquake occurs. Malfunction of hospital-lifeline due to damage to lifelines of outside hospital has caused significant impact to the injured people. This paper addresses risks of physical damage and malfunction impact due to water outages to hospital. Social benefit is analyzed when some strategies are taken to sustain hospital-lifeline function.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Risk management
Health care facilities