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Pediatric Hospital Surge Capacity in Public Health Emergencies

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.

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The special medical needs of children make it essential that health care facilities be prepared for both pediatric and adult victims of bioterrorism attacks and other public health emergencies. With the recommendations provided in this review, clinicians and hospital administrators will be able to develop unique responses to mass casualty events involving pediatric patients. Following the all-hazards approach, the recommendations within this monograph can also be used in consequence management after a public health emergency such as pandemic influenza.

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Investigators: Edward W. Boyer, M.D., Ph.D.; James Fitch, M.D.; Michael Shannon, M.D., M.P.H.


Challenges to an Effective Response to Patient Surges
Guidelines for Pediatric Hospital Responses to Increased Patient Volume
Emergency Department Response: Surge of Children With a Communicable Respiratory Illness
Emergency Department Response: Surge of Children With a Communicable Foodborne or Waterborne Illness
Hospital Response to Patient Surge
Employee Responses During a Surge of Bioterrorism Patients
Surge Stress Management
Preparation by General Health Care Facilities for a Surge of Critically Ill Children
Security Concerns Unique to Children
Emergency Credentialing
References and Selected Readings

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AHRQ Publication No. 09-0014
Current as of January 2009

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