Washoe County offers training on pediatric disaster response

    Washoe County Health District

    Recent disasters, such as the Arkansas school bus crash early this month, have shed light on the need for response procedures geared toward children; and Washoe County is offering a training this week to that end.

    According to the National Commission on Children and Disasters -- in a statement from Washoe County -- "...emergency responders, first receivers, and emergency management personnel have reduced effectiveness in responding to pediatric patients and their unique needs and considerations, due to a gap in training."

    The County said Tuesday that Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) facilitators will be in Reno December 12-13, 2018, to train more than 50 local first responders, healthcare personnel, and public health staff to be well-equipped to care for kids during disasters and multi-casualty incidents.

    The training will be free of charge, officials said.

    The County said the two-day training will cover the following topics:

    • Emergency Management (EM) Considerations
    • Implications for Planning and Response
    • Functional Access Needs Considerations
    • Mass Sheltering
    • Pediatric Triage and Allocation of Scarce Resources
    • Pediatric Reunification Considerations
    • Pediatric Decontamination Considerations

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