Welcome to the Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Quality Collaborative (PDPQC)! The mission of the collaborative is 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.
You can expect to enhance your hospital’s overall level of pediatric disaster preparedness through access to national subject matter experts who will provide expertise and best practices for caring for children during a disaster. You will also build important relationships with partners in your region.
The collaborative will take an all-hazards approach to disaster preparedness beginning with the Environmental Scan. The aim of this Environmental Scan is to provide an understanding of your baseline level of pediatric readiness as well as inform us, the collaborative organizers, of the ongoing disaster preparedness and response activities at each hospital so that we can integrate collaborative activities with ongoing disaster efforts within each hospital. We will then progress through a series of 8, 2-week modules from July to October 2020. These modules are broadly divided into three focus areas: internal coordination, regional coalition building and patient tracking/reunification. Each focus area will be introduced during a Learning Session (conducted via teleconference) led by a national pediatric disaster preparedness expert. More details on the structure of these modules are included later in this document.
We hope that you find this collaborative a rewarding experience and—in the spirit of collaboration—all work together to enhance our ability to receive and treat children. We look forward to getting to know you all!
The PDPQC Team
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.