Using Mixed Methods to Assess Pediatric Disaster Preparedness in the Hospital Setting
Burke, R.V., Kim, T.Y., Bachman, S.L., and Iverson, E.I. (2014). Using Mixed Methods to Assess Pediatric Disaster Preparedness in the Hospital Setting. (Abstract only.) Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 29(6):576-9.
The authors used quantitative and qualitative data from participants and observers for a “full-functional” earthquake exercise conducted at 3 hospitals in Los Angeles, CA to assess the disaster response of three hospitals, focusing on pediatric disaster victims. They note that results suggest opportunities for improving preparedness, such as through increased training on pediatric disaster triage methods and the safety and security of children, as well as the regular assessment and evaluation of supplies, equipment, leadership assignments, and inter-hospital communication.