CHA’s 10th annual Disaster Planning for California Hospitals, held this week in Sacramento (see photo gallery), enabled more than 750 attendees to affirm their commitment to “Planning for today, tomorrow and beyond.” During the three-day conference, hospital staff and state and county health officials gathered to strengthen hospital disaster preparedness and build collaboration to ensure continuity of care.
The conference concluded with the harrowing story of an unprecedented burn surge incident in Taiwan that led to severe burns of more than 500 young adults. During the pre-conference workshop, titled “Infectious Diseases: Preparing for the Next Outbreak, What we Learned from Ebola,” numerous presenters shared lessons learned from last year’s Ebola outbreak, including Dr. A Resource for Planning, Management and Provision of Out-of-Hospital Emergency CareThis resource has been designed to focus on the practical and essential elements of pediatric prehospital emergency care in EMS system planning for disasters and terrorism. You disaster plan should include insurance, which will protect your equipment, furniture, and office space. Here’s a link to a great list of 6 tools for preparing your law firm for a disaster (and here). Kimberly Glassman of NYU Langone Medical Center, who recounted the closing of the hospital when the back-up generator died during Superstorm Sandy, one of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. Umair Shah of Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services stressed the importance of developing Crisis Standards of Care on a statewide and regional level. Daniel Johnson of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the admitting physician for three patients diagnosed with the Ebola virus.


It is designed for use by EMS agency and system medical directors and administrators, emergency managers, and any other key stakeholders who will be concerned with the functions and activities of EMS care providers during a disaster, terror event, or other public health emergency.
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Many law firms and insurance companies offer help to members in creating their disaster plans. He encouraged stakeholders to use the Institute of Medicine’s (IOMs) Crisis Standards of Care Report and template to drive those efforts and the accompanying difficult ethical discussions and decisions. Christina Catlett, associate director, John Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, shared her experience leading a medical team to assist with patients’ needs assessment and offered practical guidance on how California hospitals can prepare for a burn surge. Content has been compiled by experts from around the country to reflect the current evidence base, best practices and practical application, and covers clinical, administrative, and policy issues.
Clio, a cloud-based law practice management provider, is hosting a disaster preparedness webinar.
The purpose of each section is to supplement the planning, approaches, and knowledge that already exist to facilitate integrating specific pediatric topics that will enhance preparations in a practical and additive manner.
Glassman applauded the heroic efforts of staff who safely evacuated 300 patients, including 20 neonatal infants and 45 critical care patients.


Additionally, panelists from UC Davis Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento, Sacramento County EMS, Sacramento County Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health reported on their experiences coordinating care, testing and transporting four patients suspected of having the Ebola virus.
This resource has been provided to increase pediatric expertise of those who are willing and ready to take on the challenge of preparation and planning. Even a simple water break, roof leak, or break-in, could have catastrophic effects on your own law practice. You’ll need to register online for the event, but this should be a great way to get started. I hesitated signing up for another marketing gimmick, but after the recent tornadoes, I’m attending.



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