Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Neonatal and Developmental Medicine
MA, Loyola University Chicago, Master of Arts in Medical Sciences (2009)
NICU patients are disproportionately affected by any disaster due to their vulnerability and highly specialized care needs that require a multitude of resources. Research in disaster preparedness and its effect on NICU patients is limited.From March to May 2018, NICUs across California participated in a survey designed to assess their preparedness for a disaster.Of the 84 responding units, 99% were urban, 73% were nonprofit, and 65% were community NICUs. As for NICU participation in hospital training exercises for disaster preparedness, 10% did not participate in annual drills, 44% did once a year, 36% did twice a year, and 10% did more than two times per year.We showed that many NICUs had redundant systems in place and plans for various disasters; however, there is not consistent participation by NICUs in hospital training exercises for disaster preparedness.
View details for DOI 10.1038/s41372-020-0676-3
View details for PubMedID 32382117
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