Emergency Preparedness has come to the forefront since the events of Hurricane Katrina and September 11, 2001. As emergency room staff are traditionally the first care givers after emergency medical services to disaster victims, it is important that staff have the knowledge of emergency preparedness. The study assessed the knowledge of 230 emergency room staff in a multi-campus 500+ bed medical center in the mid-west. The study utilized the Emergency Preparedness Information Questionnaire which was first used by the Wisconsin Nurses' Association in 2003. Results of the survey were found to be similar to the results of the first Wisconsin survey. Results showed that staff scored better in more general areas such as triage and basic first aid. Scores were lower when asked specific questions, such as antidotes to biological agents. The study showed that there is a need for more educational programs in the area of emergency preparedness. The results of the study may be utilized to develop educational programs to further the knowledge of the staff and have them better prepared in disastrous events.
KEY WORDS: knowledge, emergency preparedness
|School:||Northern Kentucky University|
|School Location:||United States -- Kentucky|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Emergency department staff, Emergency preparedness, Knowledge|
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