Western Regional Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management (WRAP-EM) Multi-Health Care Coalition (HCC) Chemical or Pediatric Surge Virtual Tabletop Exercise
WRAP-EM is considering conducting a series of multi-HCC chemical or pediatric surge virtual tabletop exercises to validate annexes/plans as was hosted by WRAP-EM in 2022-23. The exercises would be held in the February-April 2024 timeframe. In addition to fulfilling Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) requirements, there are potential benefits for HCCs to share and learn from each other by participating jointly in a virtual tabletop exercise. Click the image below for more information or use the QR code to complete the interest form.
WRAP-EM (Western Regional Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management) Pediatric Surge Playbook
The playbook is sectioned out into 3 domains: 1) Hospitals or hospital systems; 2) Healthcare Coalitions; 3) Pediatric Medical Operations Coordination Centers (PMOCCs). The playbook is NOT intended for rapid pediatric surge responses such as a mass casualty incident (MCI). Take a look at the Playbook and see if there is anything to strengthen Pediatric Medical Surge Plan.
Pediatric Surge Playbook
Checklist of Essential Pediatric Domains for Hospitals
One of the most significant gaps in hospital readiness for children is the lack of hospital policies that address children under every day and disaster conditions. Is your community hospital in that situation and needs help including children in preparedness policies? This resource will help! The Checklist of Essential Pediatric Domains and Considerations for Every Hospital’s Disaster Preparedness Policies is a tool to help hospital administrators and leadership incorporate essential pediatric considerations into existing hospital disaster policies. Click to download (PDF) and view the following video that explains the checklist from colleagues at the American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster Council.
Checklist of Essential Ped Domain Video
Pediatric Medical Surge Plan Posted to MIHAN
Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) staff have been working diligently to get documents completed and posted to the MIHAN. Most recently, the Pediatric Medical Surge Plan was completed and posted.
To find this document and many other new documents, log into MIHAN and go to: Documents – Resource Sharing – Operational Guidelines/Plans/Document.
NOTE: If you don’t have access to the MIHAN and would like a copy of the Pediatric Medical Surge Plan, please contact Lauren Korte at email@example.com.
December's Pediatric Champion Office Hours Reminder
December’s Pediatric Champion Office Hours are cancelled due to the Holidays. Have a safe and wonderful Holiday Season. Office Hours will resume on January 30, 2024.
Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness (MGT-439)
September 25-26, 2024
The Region 8 Healthcare Coalition is pleased to offer Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness. The course addresses pediatric emergency planning and medical response considerations through a combination of lectures, small group exercises, and a table-top exercise. It prepares students to effectively, appropriately, and safely plan for and respond to a disaster incident involving children, addressing the specific needs of pediatric patients in the event of a community based-incident. Pediatric specific planning considerations include mass sheltering, pediatric-triage, reunification planning and pediatric decontamination considerations. This is not a hands-on technical course, but instead a management resource course for stakeholders like pediatric physicians, emergency managers, emergency planners, and members of public emergency departments like EMS, Fire, Police, Public Health, and Hospitals in field of disaster response and preparedness work.
For more information and to register for this course visit MI-TRAIN, course number 1055362.
MI-TRAIN Registration Instructions
Strategies to Include Maternal and Child Health in Emergency Planning
This blog post from the Association of State and territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in partnership with CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) discusses inclusion of maternal and child health (MCH) in infectious disease emergency preparedness and response in states and territories. Those interviewed described experiences in different jurisdictions and emergency responses. It is worth noting that there were common factors across various types of jurisdictions including the need for sustainable funding to support collaboration, intentional inclusion of MCH programs and staff in emergency response, improved data quality and surveillance systems, and open communication with partners and the public.
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