Medical service in/near the Conference Venue
There are several large general hospitals in Busan offering top-notch medical services for international visitors. Such healthcare institutions mostly have medical teams with sufficient English skills to communicate with patients.
An official medical center will be set up within BEXCO, the Conference venue, and also a number of pharmacies are located near the venue.
Emergency Medical Services System (EMSS)
EMSS operational phases: The EMSS is largely divided into a “pre-hospital phase” and an “in-hospital phase.” The specifications of each phase are as follows.
1. Accident report and dispatch of ambulance.
2. Guidance for emergency treatment provided by the 119 operator (dispatcher) until the ambulance arrives at the scene.
3. Emergency treatment by 119 (emergency medical technician, paramedics) at the scene.
4. Decision on a hospital to transport patient to by sharing information between ambulance and hospital using telecommunications system. Treatment is provided during transport.
1. Examination of treatment given at the scene and continuing emergency treatment.
2. Appropriate examinations needed for diagnosis.
3. Decision on hospitalization ((intensive care unit, general ward) or emergency surgery.
4. Decision on whether to transfer patient to a professional emergency center (injury, burn, poison,
cardiovascular center, etc.) equipped with medical team or facilities and equipment required for emergency treatment of the patient. Decision on the hospital to which the patient is to be transferred.
During the event, participants are covered by an event insurance which compensates for physical damage. You can get compensatory damages up to 20 million won (about $18,200), only in cases where physical damage has occurred as a result of an accident involving the installing objects within the conference venue. Travelers insurance is highly recommended to individual participants considering cases otherwise.
Other health information in Korea
Medical system in Korea is well developed. However, the following information will be useful for your health during the stay in Korea.
Vaccines and Medicines
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Korea, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Korea. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
Food and beverage safety
In Korea, government organizations have been strictly supervising the management of tap water and sewage system and the quality of foods and beverages. Under the supervision, drinking water, foods, and beverages are handled in an appropriate and safe manner. Most travelers do not need to take special food or water precautions beyond what they normally do at home.
Prevent bug bites
Although Korea is an industrialized country, bug bites, especially by mosquitoes, can still spread diseases. Thus, travelers need to prevent bug bites while engaging in outdoor activities or spending time in wooded areas.
Stay safe outdoors
Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe. Prepare for activities by wearing the light clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit. Consider learning basic first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities. Heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, can be deadly. Eat and drink regularly, wear loose and lightweight clothing, and limit physical activity in the heat of the day time. If you are outside for many hours in the heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
For more details, please visit: www.cdc.go.kr/CDC/eng