Physicians Play a Key Role in Community Preparedness – A National Disaster Preparedness Month Reminder from the ABODM

National Disaster Preparedness Month 2016The American Board of Disaster Medicine® and the American Board of Physician Specialties® urge physicians to remember the key role they play in community preparedness as part of National Disaster Preparedness Month this September. While disaster medicine and emergency preparedness are often associated with major storms and acts of terrorism, the emergencies that most communities face every day tend to be smaller in scale – but no less traumatizing to those affected. During times of crisis, physicians are looked to for leadership, which is why it is so important to have a plan in place in order to respond to the emergency situations that may arise in your community.

At the ABODM, our board certified physicians have demonstrated their mastery of disaster medicine and emergency planning. These highly trained professionals have the unique skill set needed to help develop a community-wide emergency response plan that can be implemented in disaster situations ranging from tornadoes and flash floods to car accidents and house fires.

Whether you’re a board certified specialist in disaster medicine or not, it’s extremely important that you are prepared to respond to any emergency situation in your community. One helpful suggestion is to always have an emergency medical kit nearby, because you never know when you might run into someone who needs help in your neighborhood. At a minimum, this bag should include:

  • Stethoscope
  • Otoscope and ophatlmoscope
  • Flashlight
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Gloves
  • Thermometer
  • Tourniquets
  • Respiratory protection
  • Needles
  • Bandages

Additionally, while you might be focused on developing a community response plan, don’t forget to have an emergency plan for your own practice as well. Make accommodations for your records, back up your important files regularly, and have a phone message system available to communicate with patients as needed.

Ultimately, the goal of National Disaster Preparedness Month is to remind physicians and members of the general public that it makes sense to be prepared for the unexpected. To learn more about board certification through the ABADM, contact us today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc®.

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