New Study finds gaps in response for children
| 10.03.2007 | 06:46:50 | Views: 3252 | ID:
October 3 '07: According to Agence France-Presse, a new report from the Pediatrics journal has found that in a disaster the most vulnerable population will be the children.
The report based its findings on a study which found that "Of 1,318 emergency services which said they had a written plan for dealing with a large-scale disaster, only 248 said their plan had specific provisions for the care of children," AFP reported.The study and report were conducted by Steven Shirm from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital. Shirm told the AFP, "One of the first things you do for an adult is say 'Everyone who's all right, get up and walk over there.' If they're able to listen and walk, they're probably OK. ... But you can't do that with a child. A two-year-old would just sit there and scream." The report called for the need "for a well-coordinated" plan that included "mass-casualty events, including those that involve children." Furthermore, the report said in its conclusions that "there are substantial deficiencies in the preparedness plans of prehospital emergency medical services agencies in the United States for the care of children in a mass-casualty event."
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