To improve the overall level of pediatric preparedness in NYC, during the 2016-2017 budget year PDC:
- Planned and conducted a Pediatric Critical Care Surge Capacity Planning series for 6 hospitals with Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) to create pediatric specific surge plans as an annex for their current hospital emergency operations plans.
- Designed and hosted a training series for 8 hospitals with pediatric services without a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to develop a pediatric surge plan annex to add to their current hospital emergency operations plan.
- Developed and conducted a virtual communications exercise that tested the activation of the Pediatric Disaster Plan (PDP) and the protocols established for secondary transport during an incident involving pediatric victims. The exercise included bilateral communication between Fire Department New York – Emergency Medical Services (FDNY-EMS), 28 participating hospitals, New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM), New York City Medical Reserve Corps (NYC MRC), PIRT in response to the need for secondary transport of pediatric disaster victims.
PDC strives to provide updated and easily accessible resources regarding pediatric disaster preparedness. PDC has embarked on the creation of an online Pediatric Hospital Toolkit that will contain templates and guidelines for creating surge and evacuation plans in addition to training and exercise guidelines and templates. The toolkit is an ongoing project for PDC and will be available Summer/Fall 2018.