CAN Neonatal Disaster Preparedness Toolkit

CAN Neonatal Disaster Preparedness Toolkit


Neonatal - Perinatal patients have unique needs that distinguish themselves from most other hospitalized patients. NICU patients are highly dependent on hospital staff for all aspects of their care.  Many are critically ill and are heavily dependent on advanced technology for their survival.  Any number of disasters has the potential to impact on a NICU’s ability to care for their patients.  The intent of this Tool Kit is to provide guidance to NICU leadership in developing comprehensive disaster response plans that are in compliance with Joint Commission Standards and based on community, best-practice models.


This tool kit will:

  1. Introduce NICU leadership to the Hospital Incident Command System.                                                                                      
  2. Describe the principles of conducting a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis and how to apply the information generated at the NICU level.                                                                                                                                                                                 
  3. Identify major hazards faced by NICUs in California and provide suggested mitigation and response planning strategies.                                                                                                                                                                                             
  4. Provide an appendix with sample check lists, job action sheets, and information transfer sheets for specific hazards, as well as references for further training.


Special Considerations:  EBOLA

The section on Ebola (pg 77) is intended to give the reader general background information regarding the current Ebola Virus epidemic.  These guidelines are the opinions of the Toolkit Authors, based on paucity of scientific evidence, but with biological plausibility.  The reader is strongly advised to review current updates regarding this outbreak as promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the California Department of Public Health and the California Health Alert Network.  Links to these resources are listed on pg 80.


Special Considerations: MEASLES

Per the California Health Alert Network, as of January 18, 2015 there have been 41 confirmed cases of measles in California, with five additional cases in other states and one case in Mexico.  More cases will likely follow.  These general guidelines (pg 84) address prevention, diagnosis and treatment for use by NICU leadership in the NICU environment.  The reader is urged to review CDC and CDPH guidelines, as well as follow Health Alert Network updates for current status of the outbreak.