Description: This handbook provides nurses in any specialty with a quick reference on what, how, and in what sequence to perform emergency duties in the event of a disaster. It also provides guidelines for emergency preparedness, such as emergency contact phone numbers, web addresses, graphs for family communication plans, and lists of important items and their place of storage. The first edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide critical information about responding appropriately to disasters and emergencies that all nurses can easily access. The handbook also helps nurses in providing safe and proper care for patients and their own families.
Audience: Written for all nurses, this handbook also would be beneficial for all emergency personnel. The editor is an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, an associate professor of clinical nursing, and the president and CEO of TenER Consulting Group, LLC.
Features: This handbook provides an overview of the different types of disasters, outlines nurses' roles in disaster management, presents protocols for nurses to follow, and details assessment and management of victims. Each chapter begins with a section of critical information and an overview and ends with key points. Informative color charts and tables provide readers with a better understanding of the material. A chart defining the symbols used throughout the handbook is provided at the beginning, and an appendix, glossary, and index end the book. It would have been helpful for seminar and teaching purposes if the chart of important items/place of storage had been printed on one page, like the family communication plan was (on the inside back cover).
Assessment: This well-written handbook provides all nurses with the critical information needed in the event of a disaster. It includes guidelines for assessment and management of victims as well as information on biological agents, their side effects, and treatments, which is helpful since this is not common knowledge among most nurses. This is a very useful tool, especially for those nurses who want to help during a disaster but aren't familiar with an emergency nursing setting.