|Title||California NICU disaster preparedness.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Eskandar-Afshari F, Carbine DN, Cohen RS, Cui X, Dueñas GVillarin, Lee HC|
|Date Published||2020 08|
OBJECTIVE: NICU patients are disproportionately affected by any disaster due to their vulnerability and highly specialized care needs that require a multitude of resources. Research in disaster preparedness and its effect on NICU patients is limited.
STUDY DESIGN: From March to May 2018, NICUs across California participated in a survey designed to assess their preparedness for a disaster.
RESULTS: Of the 84 responding units, 99% were urban, 73% were nonprofit, and 65% were community NICUs. As for NICU participation in hospital training exercises for disaster preparedness, 10% did not participate in annual drills, 44% did once a year, 36% did twice a year, and 10% did more than two times per year.
CONCLUSION: We showed that many NICUs had redundant systems in place and plans for various disasters; however, there is not consistent participation by NICUs in hospital training exercises for disaster preparedness.
|Alternate Journal||J Perinatol|