Medical Emergency Preparedness Pediatrics
|Alaska||Community||Child Health||Emergency Preparedness, Workforce Development & Leadership||NA|
The Medical Emergency Preparedness Pediatrics (MEP-P) Project was created in response to a recurring respiratory syncytial virus that has caused annual pediatric patient surges in Alaska. The project aimed to: increase the pediatric medical surge capacity by 100% with normal standards of care and by 200% with altered standards of care; develop capacity to implement ongoing and just in-time training for hospital nurses who have had little or no recent training in caring for pregnant women or children and for community nurses who might care for pregnant women or children in the field or prehospital shelters; promote collaboration and inclusive disaster planning efforts. There were five focus areas of the MEP-P project: curriculum, equipment, exercise, ethics, and community. The project also promoted collaboration and creative solutions between health care institutions, governmental agencies, and schools.