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Ten tips to prepare for a surge in pediatric patients

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December 1, 2008

Research showing how well hospitals nationwide are equipped to handle disasters affecting children, such as a school building accident, bus crash, or other unthinkable event, doesn’t yet exist.

But if your area is anything like Los Angeles (LA) County, pediatric patients aren’t well represented in disaster plans. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Disaster Resource and Training Center reports that fewer than 25% of the 300-plus hospitals and trauma centers in LA County have disaster plans that specifically address the needs of children.

Research showing how well hospitals nationwide are equipped to handle disasters affecting children, such as a school building accident, bus crash, or other unthinkable event, doesn’t yet exist. But if your area is anything like Los Angeles (LA) County, pediatric patients aren’t well represented in disaster plans. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Disaster Resource and Training Center reports that fewer than 25% of the 300-plus hospitals and trauma centers in LA County have disaster plans that specifically address the needs of children.

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