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Appl Clin Inform. 2010 Aug 4;1(3):256-64. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2009-12-R-0019. Print 2010.

Health informatics for pediatric disaster preparedness planning.

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Department of Pediatric Surgery , Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90027.



1. To conduct a review of the role of informatics in pediatric disaster preparedness using all medical databases. 2. To provide recommendations to improve pediatric disaster preparedness by the application of informatics.


A literature search was conducted using MEDLINE, CINHL and the Cochrane Library using the key words "children" AND "disaster preparedness and disaster" AND "informatics".


A total of 314 papers were initially produced by the search and eight that met the selection criteria were included in the review. Four themes emerged: tools for disaster preparedness, education, reunification and planning and response.


The literature pertaining to informatics and pediatric disaster preparedness is sparse and many gaps still persist. Current disaster preparedness tools focus on the general population and do not specifically address children. The most progress has been achieved in family reunification; however, the recommendations delineated are yet to be completed.


Children; disaster; informatics; planning; preparedness; technology

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