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The mission of the collaborative was to enhance the ability of all hospitals to receive and treat children in response to a disaster regardless of location, patient volume, inpatient capabilities or pediatric expertise.
Hospital from across the nation worked to enhance their overall level of pediatric disaster preparedness through access to national subject matter experts who provided expertise and best practices for caring for children during a disaster.
The collaborative took an all-hazards approach to disaster preparedness beginning with the Environmental Scan. The aim of this Environmental Scan was to provide an understanding of the hospital's baseline level of pediatric readiness as well as inform the collaborative organizers of the ongoing disaster preparedness and response activities at each hospital. Participants then progressed through a series of 8, 2-week modules from July to October 2020. These modules were broadly divided into three focus areas: internal coordination, regional coalition building and patient tracking/reunification. Each focus area was introduced during a Learning Session (conducted via teleconference) led by a national pediatric disaster preparedness expert.
By October 30, 2020 collaborative participants will collectively improve their Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Environmental Scan score by 10%.
Specific Aim #1: Internal Pediatric Disaster Preparedness
By October 30, 2020, at least 85% of participating hospitals will have a hospital disaster plan that includes pediatric-specific needs.
Specific Aim #2: Regional Disaster Coalition Building
By October 30, 2020, at least 85% of participating hospitals will participate in a regional disaster coalition.
Specific Aim #3: Patient Tracking and Reunification
By October 30, 2020, at least 85% of participating hospitals will have a written process for the tracking and reunification of unaccompanied pediatric patients.