Air temperature was associated with ambulance transports in Osaka area, Japan


We investigated the link between ambulance transports and meteorological parameters of summer by using daily data in Osaka area, Japan. Daily observations for ambulance transports (from July 1 to September 30, 2009) were obtained from Fire Department Service in Osaka. Data of meteorological parameters in Osaka area, Japan (from July 1 to September 30, 2009) were also obtained from Japan Meteorological Agency. Effect of meteorological parameters on ambulance transports was analyzed. A total of 49,526 ambulance transports were observed from July 1 to September 30, 2009 in Osaka, Japan. Ambulance transports were significantly correlated with mean air temperature (r = 0.298), the highest air temperature (r = 0.347), the lowest air temperature (r = 0.209) and daylight hours (r = 0.301). The higher air temperature was associated with higher ambulance transports of summer in Osaka area, Japan.

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Miyatake, N. , Sakano, N. , Murakami, S. , Suzue, T. , Yoda, T. , Yoshioka, A. and Hirao, T. (2011) Air temperature was associated with ambulance transports in Osaka area, Japan. Health, 3, 545-548. doi: 10.4236/health.2011.39092.

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