Perform a self-assessment of office readiness for emergencies based on a review of experiences of common emergent, urgent, and acute conditions treated in the office, including events involving children with special care needs.
A self-assessment that identifies the types of emergencies that have been seen in the office and the available resources both on-site and accessible through the emergency care system of which the office is part provides the foundation for enhancing readiness to handle emergencies.
Issues to consider include the emergency response skills of office staff, the outside resources that can be called upon in the event of an emergency, and how long it takes for an EMS team to reach the office and to transfer the child to a facility for definitive emergency care. Practices also should review their risk-management company’s policy regarding emergency preparedness.
To enable identification of specific targets for improving office preparedness, the policy statement includes a 27-item self-assessment tool.