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Considerations in Emergency Preparedness: A Two-track Conference

Slide Presentation by David Markenson, M.D.

On January 11, 2006,  Dr. Markenson made a presentation in a Web Conference entitled Considerations in Emergency Preparedness: A Two-track Conference. This is the text version of Dr. Markenson's slide presentation. Select to access the PowerPoint® slides (95 KB).

Slide 1

Considerations in Emergency Preparedness: A Two-track Conference

David Markenson, M.D.
Director, Center for Disaster Medicine
New York Medical College School of Public Health
Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital

Slide 2

  • Objectives of Conference.
  • Review new pediatric literature.
  • Update pediatric guidelines.
  • Expand guidelines in selected areas.
  • Review literature of persons with disabilities.
  • Draft guidelines on emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities.

Slide 3

Changes in Terrorism Guidelines

  • Role of fluoroquinolones:
    • Role.
    • Inclusion of ones other than ciprofloxacin.
  • Nerve agent auto-injector:
    • Pediatric equivalent.
    • Anticonvulsant.
  • Cidofavir.

Slide 4

Added and Expanded Topics

  • School Preparedness.
  • Child Congregate Facility Preparedness.
  • Sheltering Needs of Children.
  • Pediatric Needs for Public Health Emergency Preparedness.
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs and Technologically Assisted Children.
  • Decontamination of Children.
  • Biological Terrorism Prophylaxis and Treatment of Emerging Agents.
  • Family Centered Preparedness.

Slide 5

Recommendations for Schools and Child

  • Congregate Facilities.
  • Develop safety plans that identify unique threats or hazards that schools may face.
  • Share safety plans with community to ensure that all community resources will be utilized in emergencies.
  • Have schools practice fire and evacuation drills regularly, at least twice per academic year.
  • Have local plans reflect major role of schools in community planning and as emergency resources.

Slide 6

Recommendations for Decontamination

  • Decontamination of young children must be done with high-volume, low-pressure, heated water systems.
  • Systems must be designed for decontamination of all ages and types of children.
  • All protocols and guidance must address:
    • Water temperature and pressure.
    • Nonambulatory child.
    • Child with special health care needs.
    • Clothing for after decontamination.

Slide 7

Recommendations for Hospitals

  • 72 hours of pediatric supplies and pharmaceuticals on hand for average daily census plus minimum surge of 5% adjusted for risk assessment.
  • Engage in specific pediatric disaster risk assessment with community to include school districts, emergency services, police dept., fire dept., child welfare, private practitioners, child care, public health, and mental health.

Current as of August 2006

Internet Citation:

Considerations in Emergency Preparedness: A Two-track Conference. Text version of a slide presentation at a Web conference. August 2006. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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