The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2010 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

PULMONARY REHABILITATION DESIGNS A PLAN TO STEP UP IN TIMES OF DISASTER, THE PULMONARY REHABILITATION, RESPIRATORY CARE SURGE 2010 DISASTER PLAN

Jill L. Baker, Sidnie Hess, Maricel Pieretti, Susan Farrell, James Lamberti, Shane Blake, Gerilynn A. Connors; Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA

BACKGROUND: Pulmonary Rehabilitation team member’s individual strengths and weaknesses of their critical care response capabilities must be determined to best assist in the development of novel strategies to augment critical care staffing within the Respiratory Care Department in the event of a disaster. The ability for a department to be flexible in such an unexpected and catastrophic event is its key to excellent patient service. METHODS: The Pulmonary Rehabilitation team members developed an action plan for times of crisis (Surge) within the Respiratory Care Department. The surge plan will assess the current PR staff capabilities, limitations, and training needs. Pulmonary Rehabilitation cross training provides an opportunity to work per diem in the Respiratory Care Department, ability to increase skill set and job security. RESULTS: Pulmonary Rehabilitation therapists were trained to work in acute floor care within the Respiratory Care Department. Immediate and ongoing training for Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff in how to clean, stock and process equipment in the Respiratory Care department was carried out. A Surge Equipment Manual was developed that included photos of each hospital area with a list of the respiratory equipment required for the specific patient care area. Training in patient driven protocols, Omnicell use, and CliniVision documentation for floor therapy was provided and all team members were successfully checked off. CONCLUSIONS: Surge training will be part of the annual Pulmonary Rehabilitation skills fair. All team members have passed their competencies to date and are ready to step up in times of disaster. Sponsored Research - None