Skip Navigation U.S. Department of Health and Human Services www.hhs.gov
Agency for Healthcare Research Quality www.ahrq.gov
Archive print banner
Pediatric Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This resource was part of AHRQ's Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011, in a realignment of Federal efforts.

This information is for reference purposes only. It was current when produced and may now be outdated. Archive material is no longer maintained, and some links may not work. Persons with disabilities having difficulty accessing this information should contact us at: https://info.ahrq.gov. Let us know the nature of the problem, the Web address of what you want, and your contact information.

Please go to www.ahrq.gov for current information.

Table 11.1. Environmental Constraints to Pediatric Medical Care After Large-scale Natural Disasters

Physical constraint Consequences/examples

Temperature/exposure

Heat
Cold
Overexposure to the sun
Dehydration

Lack of clean water

Dehydration
Poor hygiene
Inability to comply with wound care instructions
Potential for gastrointestinal (GI) complications

Lack of food

Inadequate nutrition
Inappropriate diet
Potential for GI complications

Lack of electricity

Inability to use non-battery-powered medical devices such as nebulizers, pumps, ventilators
Inability to maintain medications at appropriate temperatures
Difficulty maintaining safe thermal environment
Inadequate light/ventilation as a safety hazard
Difficulty receiving critical information about medical care and available medical and non-medical assistance

Hazardous environments

Chemicals
Physical hazards (e.g., nails, tree limbs, debris, roofs, unregulated traffic intersections)
Tools (e.g., chainsaws)
Weapons
Animals or insects
Allergens/plants (e.g., poison ivy)

Return to Document

 

The information on this page is archived and provided for reference purposes only.

 

AHRQ Advancing Excellence in Health Care