TABLE 1

Key Elements of NICU Disaster Response and Evacuation

Disaster ResponseEvacuation
• Clear organization and command structure• Familiarity with an evacuation plan and triage strategies
• Backup systems (medical records, equipment, personnel)• (Advance) determination of appropriate receiving hospitals
• Communication and situational awareness• (Advance) determination of transportation resources
• Coordination with obstetric service• Medical record transfer and patient tracking
• Communication with families
• Flexibility and adaptability