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Disaster Olympix: A Unique Nursing Emergency Preparedness Exercise

Goodhue, Catherine J. MN, RN, CPNP; Burke, Rita V. PhD, MPH; Chambers, Santiago; Ferrer, Rizaldy R. PhD; Upperman, Jeffrey S. MD, FACS, FAAP

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0b013e3181d915f0

Despite increased disaster preparedness training and funding, healthcare organizations remain ill-prepared. Nontraditional approaches should be a focus of disaster training. We conducted a novel pediatric disaster exercise at a children's hospital. We designed 6 specific exercises comprising Disaster Olympix and piloted a Web-based evaluation survey of the exercise. The mean score of the participants' perception of their Disaster Olympix performance was 3.8/5. The mean score of the perception of the utility of Disaster Olympix was 4.3/5. Novel training approaches can be valuable to staff. Nonpediatric hospitals can readily adapt this approach to prepare for pediatric victims.

Catherine J. Goodhue, MN, RN, CPNP, Rita V. Burke, PhD, MPH, and Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD, FACS, FAAP, Department of Pediatric Surgery, and Santiago Chambers, Safety Office, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Rizaldy R. Ferrer, PhD, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD, FACS, FAAP, Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.

Corresponding Author: Catherine J. Goodhue, MN, RN, CPNP, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd MS 100, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (

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