When resources are limited in multi-casualty incidents, it is important for rescuers to triage children as effectively as they triage adults. The JumpSTART triage system, which is based on the widely recognized START (Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment) program, is designed to help providers use objective, instead of emotional, criteria to triage kids.
Since most individuals may not have experience with drafting legislation, this fact sheet provides writing points that use, as examples, the recommendations from the National Commission on Children and Disasters related to improving pediatric disaster preparedness. These recommendations are meant to be a starting point for drafting a legislative proposal, as appropriate, not model legislation itself.
This fact sheet focuses on disaster preparedness for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). It provides guidance on how families can prepare their child and/or youth, their home, and neighborhood. The sheet also includes a list of useful resources. | Spanish Version
This fact sheet includes a list of common injuries for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), as well as a guide to the best preparation for an emergency. It also includes the necessary vital information a parent should have available to help emergency providers in treating CYSHCN.
Disaster preparedness plans must include preparation for children. This guide includes information on writing and implementing child-specific protocols, planning for children who are separated from their parents and at schools and childcare centers when disaster strikes, training providers to care for the pediatric patient, developing equipment and medication dosage forms and delivery systems appropriate for children, and much more.
This document contains scenarios and exercises primarily involving children to better prepare EMS, fire department, law enforcement, emergency department, hospital, and long-term care facilities for a disaster situation. Along with the exercises, a check list is provided to help better assist the emergency situations. Updated in 2017.
This document was created to promote awareness of children’s unique vulnerabilities in a disaster or mass casualty incident and to guide organizations in integrating pediatric considerations into their disaster plans. Implementing these recommendations and guidelines is only the first step in improving emergency and disaster preparedness for children.A collaborative effort by health care providers, communities, families and individuals is needed to assure preparedness for children in every stage of the planning process.