Journal Article

21 Burn Mass Casualty Incident: What About the Children?

A Fast and S Wang

in Journal of Burn Care & Research

Volume 39, issue suppl_1, pages S15-S15
Published in print April 2018 | ISSN: 1559-047X
Published online April 2018 | e-ISSN: 1559-0488 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jbcr/iry006.025
21 Burn Mass Casualty Incident: What About the Children?

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Abstract

Introduction

Preparing for a Burn Mass Casualty Incident (BMCI) is challenging. Preparing for an incident that may involve pediatric patients creates more challenges and anxiety. This was an area in which the state Healthcare Preparedness Partners (HPP) identified as a gap to be addressed. It was determined that there was a significant lack of education and resources needed for the care of the pediatric patient in many rural areas of the state.

Methods

A group of pediatric experts from around the state gathered to discuss and develop an annex to the state BMCI response. Each unique aspect of the pediatric patient was discussed and many variations of care considered and consolidated into a cohesive document. An initial draft was compiled, presented, and reviewed. Minor adjustments were made after much collaboration and discussion. Another gap identified was the need for appropriate equipment to care for these patients. A list was developed that contained the items that were thought to be of greatest value in delivering initial care of the pediatric patient. The list was extensive and included multiple quantities of emergency airway and resuscitation needs. In addition to the document, a comprehensive education module was developed to be posted on an electronic website.

Results

After multiple revisions, the Pediatric Annex was presented to the HPP and funding was obtained through a state Health Care Preparedness grant for equipment. Supplies were purchased and gathered, then distributed into 5 large duffle bags. The five “Pediatric Go Bags” are strategically placed around the state to be distributed by different flight services if the need arise. The module outlining the Annex and equipment was placed on the website for reference as well.

Conclusions

A comprehensive pediatric education plan, including equipment, is now available for use in the event of a BMCI. This equipment is available for use and placed around the state should an event arise that involves pediatric patients. Comprehensive emergency preparedness must include planning for pediatric patients in addition to adults.

Applicability of Research to Practice

Comprehensive emergency preparedness much include planning for both adult and pediatric patients. In addition to education, ensuring that appropriate supplies are available is essential for the planning of a BMCI.

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Subjects: Medicine and Health ; Acute Medicine ; Emergency Medicine ; Critical Care ; Surgery

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