Massachusetts Medical Society: Pediatric Disaster Life Support

Pediatric Disaster Life Support

Children are often affected by disasters or public health emergencies, but many volunteer responders do not normally see pediatric patients and are therefore unprepared for children's unique physical, emotional and developmental needs.

In order to promote the importance of this critical information, the MMS Committee on Preparedness has created a directory of Pediatric Disaster Life Support resources that physicians, nurses and other health care professionals can readily access in preparation for, or during, an emergency.

Online Trainings and Resources

JumpSTART Pediatric MCI Triage Tool 
A tool designed specifically for the triage of children in the multicasualty/disaster setting.

American Academy of Pediatrics Children and Disasters
Educational tools and resources on disaster preparedness for children.

Pediatric Education in Disasters Manual: A Course of the "Helping the Children" Program
A series of 10 modules developed to train pediatric leaders in the management of disaster relief, care, and rescue for children. Available in English and Spanish.

Acute Assessment & Management of Pediatric Trauma, Harborview Medical Center Seattle Washington
A free 7-module course designed for providers of early care to injured children

Additional Resources

Pediatric Surge Pocket Guide 
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program produced a Pediatric Surge Pocket Guide. While hard copies of the Guide are no longer available, requests for printer-ready versions are readily granted. The Guide is posted for free download. Electronic versions are routinely provided so that other jurisdictions can create their own hard copies into a handbook format. (.pdf, 138 pages)

Porter's Pediatric ALS App
Based on Porter's Pocket Guide to Pediatrics (5th Edition), this app provides tools to respond to pediatric advanced life support cases in the field and in the ER, including checklists and protocols for pulseless arrest, bradycardia, BLS, NRP and hypothermia and triage, as well as a trauma score calculator, burn charts, ET tube chart, defib chart, drug dosage calculators, and a section on analgesics, antiemedics and antagonists situations. Available on iTunes for $3.99.

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