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ISSN: 2157-2526

Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense
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Review Article

Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Education

Osnat Zmora, Rita V Burke and Jeffrey S Upperman*

Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD, FACS, FAAP
Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
4650 Sunset Boulevard, Mailstop #100, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Tel: 323-361-7078
Fax: 323-361-3534
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: November 15, 2011; Accepted Date: January 21, 2012; Published Date: January 25, 2012

Citation: Zmora O, Burke RV, Upperman JS (2012) Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Education. J Bioterr Biodef S5:002. doi: 10.4172/2157-2526.S5-002

Copyright: © 2012 Zmora O, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Disaster preparedness is costly; however, the cost involved in the lack of preparedness is incalculable [1]. Pediatric disaster preparedness education is crucial as there are many nuances that exist around children and disasters, such as supplies, equipment and dosing, as well as physiological and mental factors that make the acute response dramatically different from adults. As a result, it is important that families, schools, and hospital employees are familiar with pediatric disaster preparedness. In this article, we will discuss the challenges related to pediatric disaster preparedness education.