AAP Children's Hospitals and Preparedness Webinar Series

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​The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) work collaboratively to improve children’s preparedness planning. As a result, the AAP developed a webinar series to promote a dialogue among clinicians and disaster planners at children’s hospitals and to improve each hospital’s response plans and ability to care for children in an emergency.

Below you will find a list of archived webinar series presentations and PowerPoint slides. Unfortunately, since the date of the presentation has passed, continuing education credits are no longer available.

    Family Reunification: Debut of a New AAP Tool (June 2018)

    Title: Family Reunification: Debut of a New AAP Tool
    Date: June 2018
    Speakers: Sarita Chung, MD, FAAP; Rachel Charney, MD, FAAP 
    Description: During this webinar, presenters highlighted key actions that participants can take now to increase their preparedness for a future event that would involve family reunification. The presenters walked through the American Academy of Pediatrics family reunification tool for hospitals, which includes information on assembling a planning team, involving external stakeholders, the elements of a hospital family reunification plan, how to activate a plan, and how to exercise the plan. See answers to questions from the audience. 
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    Planning for Hospital Pediatric Surge: Solutions Within Reach (June 2018)

    Title: Planning for Hospital Pediatric Surge: Solutions Within Reach
    Date: June 2018
    Speakers: Marie Lozon, MD, FAAP; Ronald Ruffing, MD, FAAP 
    Description: During this webinar, presenters discussed approaches for pediatric and community hospitals to consider when planning to manage a surge of pediatric patients, including the development of a written plan and steps that can be taken to exercise the plan, which will lead to improved preparedness for future events. Presenters also discussed how emergency departments and hospitals could develop a pediatric surge plan and drill it to potentially address the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emergency preparedness rule requirements. 
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    Are You Ready? The CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule, Exercises and Drills (October 2017)

    Title: Are You Ready? The CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule, Exercises and Drills
    Date: October 2017
    Speakers: Rachel Charney, MD, FAAP; Deanna Dahl-Grove, MD, FAAP; Lisa Marunycz, RN, BSN, MBA
    Description: In 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers regulation went into effect. Participating facilities are required to demonstrate compliance with the rule by November 2017. The purpose of the rule is to establish requirements to ensure adequate planning for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional and local emergency preparedness systems. The regulation outlines four core elements of risk assessment and emergency planning, communication planning, establishment of policies and procedures, and training and testing. The expert speakers described the key elements of the new regulation and shared examples of activities that children’s hospitals can undertake to address the exercise requirements of this rule.
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    Who's on First? Handoff Strategies in the Children's Hospital (June 2017)

    TitleWho’s on First? Handoff Strategies in the Children’s Hospital
    Date: June 2017
    Speakers: Toni Gross, MD, MPH, FAAP; Jennifer Jewell, MD, FAAP; Paul Mullan, MD, MPH, FAAP; Dana Ramirez, MD, FAAP
    Description: During this webinar, pediatrician experts from the AAP Section on Emergency Medicine and Committee on Hospital Care presented on the AAP clinical report "Standardization of Inpatient Handoff Communications", a new policy statement, "Handoffs: Transitions of Care for Children in the Emergency Department", and two new tools: the ‘Handoff Evaluation Tool’ and the ‘Briefing Checklist Tool’. See answers to questions from the audience
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    Emergency Preparedness in the NICU (May 2017)

    TitleEmergency Preparedness in the NICU
    Date: May 2017
    Speakers: Rear Admiral Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, FAAP; Douglas Carbine, MD, FAAP; Steven E. Krug, MD, FAAP
    Description: This webinar discussed key issues in preparing to respond to a disaster that affects the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and presented case studies and best practices that can assist with the development of a preparedness plan. See answers to questions from the audience
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    Say What? The Ins and Outs of Communicating in a Disaster (February 2017)

    TitleSay What? The Ins and Outs of Communicating in a Disaster
    Date: February 2017
    Speakers: Bridget M. Berg, MPH, FACHE; Aaron Gardner, MD, MS, FAAP
    Description: This webinar described lessons learned and best practices for internal and external communications among children's hospitals and external partners in an emergency situation. 
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​For your information, the AAP has several electronic mailing lists that it uses to share important disaster preparedness and response updates, including advertisements for future webinars in this series. There is one that provides general information, newsletters, and updates in a disaster, and another mailing list that facilitates discussions among pediatric stakeholders about strategies to improve preparedness planning within and among children’s hospitals. If you would like to be added to either electronic mailing list, please email DisasterReady@aap.org. You can opt out of the mailing lists at any time.

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