Conference tackles disaster preparedness at care facilities

May 01, 2013

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The Center for Preparedness Education is sponsoring a national conference titled "Long Term/Residential Care Disaster Preparedness: Protecting Our Most Vulnerable." The conference will be May 21 and 22 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

"Long term care facilities have a vulnerable population and may be expected to provide health care to others after a disaster," said Philip Smith, M.D., a professor in the UNMC section of infectious diseases, as well as the author of Infection Control in Long Term Care Facilities. "Preparation and planning is critical."

Program coordinator Kristine Sanger said the "first of its kind" national conference is directed at helping prepare professionals in long term care facilities for a disaster.

The conference will feature speakers who have experienced disaster situations in long term/residential care facilities as well as experts discussing requirements from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The two-day training includes continuing education credits for physicians, nurses and assisted living administrators. The tuition for the conference is $195 for both days, and CEUs will be offered.

A complete agenda, registration information, as well as information on others programs offered by the center are available at www.preped.org or by contacting the Center at 402.552.2529 or center@preped.org.

The Center for Preparedness Education is a joint endeavor between Creighton University School of Medicine and UNMC. The Center provides affordable, needs-based training; customized organizational assistance; and comprehensive resources to those involved in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

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Justin Reed
May 01, 2013 at 10:10 AM

This is great that they're doing a national conference at helping prepare professionals in long term care facilities for a disaster. However, the title is a bit misleading. The elderly are for sure vulnerable. But the ones who truly have no voice, no freedom, no protection are the ones who are alive in the womb. (Will you even publish this comment?)