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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 153-172

The 2021 toolkit for emergency preparedness and mitigation to combat surge of pediatric COVID-19 patients in India: The world health organization collaborating center for emergency and trauma in South East Asia recommendations

1 Florida State University Emergency Medicine Residency Program Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Florida
2 Department of Pediatrics, University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi, India
3 Department of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Brooklyn, NV, USA
4 Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine, Las Vegas, NV, USA
5 Department of Emergency Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Udupi, Karnataka, India
6 State University of New York Health Science Center, Downstate Medical Center, New York, USA
7 Department of Pediatrics, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital, New Delhi, India
8 WHO Collaborating Center for Emergency and Trauma, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
9 WHO Collaborating Center for Emergency and Trauma; JPN Apex Trauma Center, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
10 Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Prerna Batra
Department of Pediatrics, University College of Medical Sciences, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jets.jets_112_21

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The authors of this toolkit focus on children under the age of 18 comprising approximately 41% of the total population in India. This toolkit has been created with an objective to prepare, mitigate the effects of any surge of COVID-19 in our communities, and help to optimally utilize the scarce resources. The toolkit design suggests the manpower, equipment, laboratory support, training, consumables, and drugs for a 10-bedded pediatric emergency room, 25-bedded COVID pediatric intensive care unit, and 75-bedded COVID pediatric high dependency unit/ward as defined for a 100-bedded facility. A dedicated and detailed chapter is included to address the psychological needs of the children. These data can be modified for other department sizes based on the facilities, needs, local environment, and resources available.

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