AHRQ Issues Recommendations for Safeguarding Children During Public Health Emergencies

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Disaster Management | Tags: |

AHRQ (US Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality) released two new tools designed to protect and care for children who are in a hospital or a school during a public health emergency.

The first tool, Pediatric Hospital Surge Capacity in Public Health Emergencies, consists of guidelines to assist pediatric hospitals in converting from standard operating capacity to surge capacity and help community hospital emergency departments provide care for large numbers of critically ill children.

The second tool, School-Based Emergency Preparedness: A National Analysis and Recommended Protocol, is a national model for school-based emergency response planning.

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