Each month the CDC holds a Grand Rounds web presentation that focuses on a single health-related issue. In the past I’ve highlighted their broadcasts on such diverse topics as Multidrug-Resistant Gonorrhea, Electronic Health Records, and Sodium Reduction . . . to name a few.
Next week the CDC will broadcast a new Grand Rounds on a topic near and dear to this former first responder’s heart:
Captions are only available on the Windows Media links. The webcast links are only active during the date and time of the session, but all sessions are archived for future viewing.
Tuesday, March 17 at 1pm EST.
Public health emergencies can happen at any time, anywhere. Natural disasters, epidemics, and terrorist attacks that have occurred in recent years have underscored the importance of local, state, and federal public health systems in preparing for potential health threats. Public health emergencies, such as Hurricane Katrina, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and 9/11 have shown that children have different needs than adults, and require special attention, such as pediatric-focused care. However, responses to past events also show that the unique needs of children have not been adequately addressed in the planning process.
Incorporating the needs of children into emergency preparedness planning is critical. A child's age and size may require the use of different medications or equipment for medical care, but availability of these pediatric resources is often limited. Clinicians accustomed to performing certain procedures on adults often do not feel comfortable performing these same procedures on a child – posing dilemmas for individual responders during times of emergency.
This session of Grand Rounds will discuss strategies to address the unique vulnerabilities of children in every stage of emergency planning. Presenters will also highlight the strong progress that has been made in pediatric disaster readiness as well as the collaboration that is still needed between public health professionals and pediatric care providers to improve the outcomes for children during emergencies.
Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Human Development and Disability
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC
"Meeting the Needs of Children in Public Health Disasters"
Michael R. Anderson, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, University Hospitals
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
"Preparing Hospitals to Provide Pediatric Care during Disasters"
Esther Chernak, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication
Associate Research Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Drexel University School of Public Health
"Integrating Community Pediatric Practices into Disaster Preparedness"
Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
Rear Admiral, U. S. Public Health Service
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
"Strengthening Resilience in Pediatric and At-Risk Populations"
To access and view earlier Grand Rounds presentations (going back to 2009), direct your browser to:
Resources paid for by your tax dollars, and highly recommended.