Disaster/Pandemic preparedness

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Scrubbs

Specializes in Emergency.

I didn't know if anyone has heard of if, but another good source both for disaster preparedness, and pandemic planning is at the Center for Domestic Preparedness website. http://cdp.dhs.gov/resident/pipp.html

The training there is free for responders, and medical staff. I attended, and was very impressed. They cover the airfare, room and board, and all you have to do is attend class.

The pandemic class is hard to get into, but well worth the effort. There are also very good classes in disaster/incident command, Types of incident awareness instructor, HazMat, Decontamination.

When I attended, I was the only hospital staff in the entire group. It just goes to show how badly we need to brush up on our training.

indigo girl

Specializes in Too many to list.

I didn't know if anyone has heard of if, but another good source both for disaster preparedness, and pandemic planning is at the Center for Domestic Preparedness website. http://cdp.dhs.gov/resident/pipp.html

The training there is free for responders, and medical staff. I attended, and was very impressed. They cover the airfare, room and board, and all you have to do is attend class.

The pandemic class is hard to get into, but well worth the effort. There are also very good classes in disaster/incident command, Types of incident awareness instructor, HazMat, Decontamination.

When I attended, I was the only hospital staff in the entire group. It just goes to show how badly we need to brush up on our training.

Thank you so much for that information. I have corresponded with nurses, who would very much like to attend that type of training. There is so little training available for us that many are looking for whatever they can get. This is excellent.

sanctuary, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in pure and simple psych. Has 45 years experience.

I didn't know if anyone has heard of if, but another good source both for disaster preparedness, and pandemic planning is at the Center for Domestic Preparedness website. http://cdp.dhs.gov/resident/pipp.html

The training there is free for responders, and medical staff. I attended, and was very impressed. They cover the airfare, room and board, and all you have to do is attend class.

The pandemic class is hard to get into, but well worth the effort. There are also very good classes in disaster/incident command, Types of incident awareness instructor, HazMat, Decontamination.

When I attended, I was the only hospital staff in the entire group. It just goes to show how badly we need to brush up on our training.

WOW. Thanks.

indigo girl

Specializes in Too many to list.

Michael Leavitt, Dept of Health and Human Services appeared on the Charlie Rose Show, discussing the need to prepare for an influenza pandemic. The federal budget for this project is now at $7.1 Billion. He said that there is no question that this WILL occur. Pandemics always happen, but we do not know when or how bad it will be. We do not know which virus will be responsible.

Each community and each state will be on their own with no rescue coming from outside. All will be dealing with the same problem at the same time. This society changing event will be on going FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR because pandemics occur in waves. Each wave may last approximately 12 weeks, and

two or three could occur in that year. That is why businesses, communities and individuals need to have a realistic plan and be able to implement it.

To go directly to this interview, see the run time on the view screen. Grab the scrolling indicator with the mouse, and slide it forward to 30:02.

http://www.charlierose.com/

. . . . All will be dealing with the same problem at the same time. This society changing event will be on going FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR because pandemics occur in waves. Each wave may last approximately 12 weeks, and two or three could occur in that year. That is why businesses, communities and individuals need to have a realistic plan and be able to implement it. . . .

And that is why the 2 week stockpile recommended by http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/pdf/Individuals.pdf is inadequate.

At FluTrackers a minimum of 30 day supply is recommended. As time and money are available the prep supplies should be built up to a 90 day supply for the whole family. And don't forget to stockpile a sufficient supply of prescription medications.

http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?p=65672#post65672

Do yourselves a favor and check out Expedition Home: Journey To Safety From Pandemic Influenza. The author is Skip Hofstrand, M.D. Published by Singing River Publications, Ely, MN.

Just finishing up the appendixes now. Simple, to the point advice about preventive quarantine. In simple terms you go into voluntary isolation in order to prevent contracting the bug to begin with. Not for everyone obviously but the concept is historically valid.

Food for thought.

Ayrman

indigo girl

Specializes in Too many to list.

Do yourselves a favor and check out Expedition Home: Journey To Safety From Pandemic Influenza. The author is Skip Hofstrand, M.D. Published by Singing River Publications, Ely, MN.

Just finishing up the appendixes now. Simple, to the point advice about preventive quarantine. In simple terms you go into voluntary isolation in order to prevent contracting the bug to begin with. Not for everyone obviously but the concept is historically valid.

Food for thought.

Ayrman

Thanks. I see the author is a board certified Emergency physician and expedition consultant. Looks interesting, and of course, it is historically valid to use preventive quarantine as you pointed out.

indigo girl

Specializes in Too many to list.

Dr. Gratton Woodson's Flu Treatment Manual can be printed out, and is not a bad thing to have around even for nurses. The CDC press conference last month made it clear that the government expects that most avian flu patients will be treated at home. Our options will be limited. Would you know what to do for your loved ones?

http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showpost.php?p=67719&postcount=1

sanctuary, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in pure and simple psych. Has 45 years experience.

Dr. Gratton Woodson's Flu Treatment Manual can be printed out, and is not a bad thing to have around even for nurses. The CDC press conference last month made it clear that the government expects that most avian flu patients will be treated at home. Our options will be limited. Would you know what to do for your loved ones?

http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showpost.php?p=67719&postcount=1

This is an excellent resource. I'm making copies for all my NOC staff. Thanks for another great link.

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