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J Trauma Nurs. 2010 Jan-Mar;17(1):5-10. doi: 10.1097/JTN.0b013e3181d915f0.

Disaster Olympix: a unique nursing emergency preparedness exercise.

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Department of Pediatric Surgery, and Santiago Chambers, Safety Office, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90027, USA.


Despite increased disaster preparedness training and funding, healthcare organizations remain ill-prepared. Nontraditional approaches should be a focus of disaster training. We conducted a novel pediatric disaster exercise at a children's hospital. We designed 6 specific exercises comprising Disaster Olympix and piloted a Web-based evaluation survey of the exercise. The mean score of the participants' perception of their Disaster Olympix performance was 3.8/5. The mean score of the perception of the utility of Disaster Olympix was 4.3/5. Novel training approaches can be valuable to staff. Nonpediatric hospitals can readily adapt this approach to prepare for pediatric victims.

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