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Am J Catastrophe Med. Summer 2021; 16 (3): 207-213. doi: 10.5055 / ajdm.2021.0403.
BACKGROUND: Many hospital units, including obstetrics (OB) units, were unprepared when the novel coronavirus began to hit communities. National and international organizations, including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have gone to great lengths to present the latest evidence-based practices to healthcare facilities. and communities. The first affected hospitals in China and the United States (United States) did a heroic job of helping their colleagues with the best practices they had learned. Despite these resources, many US hospitals struggled to figure out how best to incorporate and implement this new information into emergency plans, and many protocol changes had to be implemented de novo. In general, disaster planning for OB units lagged behind other disaster planning performed by specialties such as emergency medicine, trauma and pediatrics.
PARTICIPANTS: Fortunately, two pre-existing disaster collaboration groups, the OB Disaster Planning Workgroup and the Western Regional Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management, were able to deploy quickly during the pandemic due to their pre-established networks and common goals.
MAIN RESULT: These groups were able to share best practices, identify and fill knowledge gaps, and disseminate information widely. It will be argued that the OB community needs to establish more of these regional and national disaster committees that meet year round. This will ensure that in an emergency these groups can increase the speed of their meetings and thus quickly disperse urgent policies and procedures for OB units nationwide.
CONCLUSION: Given the unique patient population, it is imperative that OB units establish regional coalitions to facilitate a coordinated response to local and national disasters.