NICU DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
Updated: Sep 6, 2019
Let's face it! Disasters happen! Whether it is a California fire, or Florida hurricane, we have to be prepared! So, what do we do in times of disaster?
Disasters affect people, homes, pets, & of course hospitals. Each hospital and unit has a different plan and equipment used to help evacuate patients of every size!
NICUs have several different pieces of Evacuation Equipment ranging from:
1. Evacuation sleds (holding 6 babies) 2. Evacuation aprons (holding 4 babies, 2 in front and two in back) 3. Evacuation Baskets (with oxygen tank backpack, holding 1 baby) 4. Emergency Med sled (holding 4 babies) 5. Disaster Backpacks: diapers, formula, flashlights, batteries, alcohol wipes, gloves, blankets etc.
Triage must be performed, taking stable babies first (with the least amount of lifesaving equipment needed) to the most complex babies requiring oxygen, life saving medications, IV poles, various equipment. All hands on deck during times of need.
We always prepare for the worst & hope for the best! To all of the families, homes, pets, affected by these fires this week: I hope you are safe, away from harm, and have each other! This has been a tough week & I dedicate this post to all of you in the front lines!
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Tori Meskin, BSN RNC-NIC is a registered nurse in Los Angeles & Orange County metropolitan area. Working in Level IV-II NICUs.
In addition to being a wife, daughter, & nurse, Tori is currently studying to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She has obtained her National Certification (NICU) and worked as a local traveler pursuing bedside experiences in several NICU settings.
Tori enjoys time with her new hubby, creating content, learning about new patient populations, riding horses, weekend beach or ski time, time with family & friends & sharing all of her life Tips along the way!
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