Pediatricians Play Key Role in Disasters
Pediatricians and Disaster
Recent acts of terrorism and disasters have heightened society's recognition of the need for emergency preparedness. Children are especially vulnerable during times of disaster and as part of the network of health responders, pediatricians need to be able to answer parents' concerns, recognize signs of possible exposure to weapons of terror, understand first-line response to such attacks and sufficiently participate in disaster planning to ensure that the unique needs of children are addressed.
A newly revised policy statement and technical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) both titled, "The Pediatrician and Disaster Preparedness," provide guidance to pediatricians on how to prepare themselves, their patients and their practices for terrorism and disaster events.