With respect to antimicrobial and other therapeutic agents in children, FDA signs are often lacking. Concerning terrorism-related items, this is a much bigger issue. Because of this, even though the SNS does contain several items for children, such as equipment and certain pharmaceuticals, including the recent addition of drugs in suspension trainings, the stockpile doesn’t include therapeutic agents for all signs for kids. One solution is to enable the SNS to add items for signs which might not be FDA-approved for kids in the event the medical experience or literature supports their use. It’s very important that existing agents and those developed in the future have the scientific study conducted to permit for pediatric indications or growth of agents suitable for use in children.
On a larger scale, we also need to recognize the need for public health planning, which ensures coordination of person reacting facilities and local communities with the wider response mounted in the district, state, and regional level. This requires the existence of a strong public health system. To allow for quick and effective response, it requires both fundamental organization, according to national planning and state execution, and decentralization of some resources like diagnostic capabilities.
The specific function of communicating and preplanning for the medical care needs of this community will be coordinated by the office of emergency management but delegated to the local department of public health.
The committee based its frame and lots of content areas on the last work done by the Program for Pediatric Preparedness of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, which, through an evidence-based consensus procedure, developed the first set of federal recommendations and guidelines for pediatric disaster and terrorism preparedness5 (see the Internet sites of the CDC and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, recorded in “Suggested Resources For Additional Information”).