The National Commission on Children and Disasters last month sent a report to the president and Congress calling for a national strategy to protect children before, during and after disasters. Among health care-related recommendations, the panel said the administration and Congress should provide resources for a formal regionalized pediatric system of care to support pediatric surge capacity during and after disasters; improve the capability of emergency medical services to transport pediatric patients and provide prehospital care; and expand the National Disaster Medical System network to include more pediatric health care facilities.

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