Pediatric Surge Pocket Guide: Review of an easily accessible tool for managing an influx of pediatric patients
Keywords:pediatric, hospital surge, disaster
AbstractAs seen in recent disasters, large-scale crisis events have the potential to cause significant pediatric death and injury. During such disaster situations, both distance and decreased mobility will likely limit access to pediatric hospitals. Thus, all hospitals, regardless if they regularly treat children or not, should anticipate an influx of pediatric patients in the event of a disaster. The Pediatric Surge Pocket Guide was developed for and distributed at a Pediatric Medical Surge Workshop held by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in June 2009. Designed both as a supplement to the workshop training and as an effective stand-alone resource, the Guide provides comprehensive pediatric-specific recommendations for hospitals experiencing a surge in pediatric capacity. Because of its unique pocket-size format, the Guide has the potential to be a readily accessible tool with application to a wide range of disaster or nondisaster situations, for use in hospital or nonhospital settings, and by pediatric specialists, nonspecialists, and nonclinicians alike.
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