The Region 1 Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS) is providing access to resources and tools to assist hospitals, clinicians, public health departments and other health professionals in the response to the pediatric surge.
Please check this page often for updates and new additions, as the resources posted below are updated frequently.
PediTrAC Update: 12/23/22
PediTrAC was developed as a temporary tool to help address the extraordinary surge in pediatric patients with acute respiratory illness that we experienced in the past couple of months. With the recent trends showing the easing of pediatric capacity challenges, PediTrAC was suspended at noon, Friday, December 23. PediTrAC can be reactivated at any time in response to another major surge.
Although PediTrAC will no longer provide transfer availability status updates from New England pediatric referral centers after December 23, the tool’s list of New England pediatric inpatient facilities and their transfer phone numbers is available below. If you have any questions or feedback, please email Region1RDHRS@mgh.harvard.edu. Thank you.
New England Pediatric Referral Centers List
Providing Care for Pediatric Patients with Acute Respiratory Illness: The Region 1 RDHRS has established a weekly educational series comprised of six sessions to provide clinical teams from nursing, provider, and respiratory therapy disciplines with information and resources that can support their work to meet the healthcare needs of pediatric patients.
November 17, 2022
Downloadable PDF: Assessment and Management of the Pediatric Patient with Acute Respiratory Illness
November 23, 2022
Downloadable PDF: High Flow Nasal Cannula Therapy for Bronchiolitis: Managing Pediatric HFNC Outside the ICU
Downloadable PDF: Providing Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) for Pediatric Patients
December 7, 2022
Downloadable PDF: Pediatric Intubation
December 14, 2022
Downloadable PDF: Interim Management of the Patient with Respiratory Illness Awaiting Transfer
December 15, 2022
December 21, 2022
Downloadable PDF: Disposition: Clinical Decision Making in Pediatric Respiratory Illness
Resources identified or developed to help address the current response to the pediatric surge in viral respiratory illnesses including clinical guidance and surveillance data, general pediatric surge resources, and webinar and recordings.
The CDC provides access to background information, fact sheets, podcasts, and publications on RSV
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) | CDC
OPENPediatrics is an open access online community of healthcare professionals sharing best practices from all resource settings. OPENPediatrics has distributed a series of peer-reviewed instructional videos for physicians and nurses on the recognition and management of respiratory distress/failure in the context of bronchiolitis
Provides Resources of Patients and Families including those specific to RSV
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): What You Need to Know
As well as resources for other common pediatric conditions including influenza/flu and COVID-19.
Pediatric Primary Care page > Patient Resources
The two Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence work to enhance the nation’s preparedness for caring for children and families during times of disaster or increased patient care needs. Both sites are frequently updating tools and resources being developed across their collaborative networks.
Western Regional Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management (WRAP-EM) https://wrap-em.org/
Region V for Kids https://emscimprovement.center/domains/preparedness/asprcoe/eglpcdr/