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2015 * OB Disaster Toolkit Available!

The response to any major disaster will involve multiple levels of community resources -- from public safety and medical providers, to housing and transportation experts and structural engineers.  Hospitals, too, play a central role in such an event.  But what happens when the hospital, itself, is severely damaged during a disaster? 

The majority of disasters address the occurrence of mass casualty events that happen outside of the hospital, where the hospital will be receiving large numbers of injured people in a short period of time.  Unfortunately plans have not been fully developed in the event that the hospital, itself, is severely damaged, either from natural disasters like earthquakes, or manmade events such as massive electrical failures or terrorist attacks. Of particular concern is the limited awareness of the obstetric units’ specialized needs in the world of disaster planning.

In response to this gap in disaster-preparedness, a multidisciplinary committee was formed at Stanford Health Care consisting of obstetricians, obstetrical anesthesiologist, labor and delivery and postpartum nurses.

The Committee created and tested in a simulated setting, a compilation of tools that can be employed in the event of a hospital disaster. These tools are now available to the general obstetric community via the following website:

The purpose of the Stanford OB Disaster Planning Toolkit website is to provide a resource for the entire obstetrical community.  The Toolkit addresses evacuation of L&D and antepartum units, and includes shelter-in-place plans for patients who are actively in labor.

Future plans are to complete a similar toolkit for evacuation of postpartum patients and surge protocols. (Surge periods refer to times when demand for beds and care exceed capacity.)

Additionally, the goal of the website is to receive feedback from facilities that use any parts of the Toolkit so that the tools can be refined and improved.

What can YOU do?

  1.  Prioritize disaster planning for OB units;
  2. Create documents using the Stanford forms as a guide;
  3. Begin training of your staff; and
  4. Promote regional collaborative networks for OB care in your area

5.     Join a national collaborative for disaster planning for OB units to:

6.     Give us feedback to the Stanford OB disaster planning toolkit so that it can be refined and improved.

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