Health care facilities should have solid evacuation and shelter-in-place plans for patients and staff. Whether planned or unplanned, emergent or urgent, evacuation of a pediatric healthcare facility can have profound ramifications on patient safety and the continuity of operations for an institution. This presentation will discuss some considerations for creating a workplan for emergency evacuation of a pediatric healthcare facility accounting for general and critical care patients including the neonatal unit.
Dr. Joelle N. Simpson is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician with expertise in Disaster medicine. She is the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC and has an academic affiliation with George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is an advisor on local and federal government committees as a pediatric disaster preparedness expert. Dr. Simpson received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her MD and MPH degrees from The GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins and her pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at CNMC.