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Am J Disaster Med. 2012 Spring;7(2):111-25.

Pediatric patients in a disaster: part of the all-hazard, comprehensive approach to disaster management.

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Emergency Services Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.


Disasters affect all ages of patients from the newborn to the elderly. Disaster emergency management includes all phases of comprehensive emergency management from preparedness to response and recovery. Disaster planning and management has frequently overlooked the unique issues involved in dealing with the pediatric victims of a disaster. The following will be addressed: disaster planning and management as related to pediatric patients and the integration of pediatric disaster management as part of an all-hazard, comprehensive emergency management approach. Key recommendations for dealing with children, infants, and special needs patients in a disaster are delineated.

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