Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Apr;52(4):322-8. doi: 10.1177/0009922812474890. Epub 2013 Feb 12.

Pandemic management in a pediatric hospital.

Author information

  • 1Division of Emergency Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada. savithiri.ratnapalan@sickkids.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To describe our experiences in the management of the second wave of influenza A H1N1 (pH1N1) pandemic in a tertiary-care children's hospital.

METHODS:

An autoethnographic study of the pandemic planning and management committee members involved in managing the second wave of pH1N1 was conducted.

RESULTS:

Staffing, surge capacity, communications and emergency operations planning by adding leaders of frontline workers and other key operational roles to the incident management team, and creating a tactical response team emerged as important factors in pandemic management in our hospital. The emergency department visits increased by 50%, necessitating increased staffing of the emergency department. Communications using existing chains of command had to be used to reach frontline staff during the pandemic.

CONCLUSIONS:

Incident management teams managing pandemics and other disasters have to be dynamic and create tactical teams to ensure implementation and facilitate bidirectional communication with frontline workers.

PMID:
23406719
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk