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Aging Advocate -Improving Care For Older Adults

REACH is an acronym both the first responder and care partner can use to maximize safety and promote a peaceful interaction for the person living with dementia. 

REACH is an easy self-paced training module with practical situations that may arise. We use videos that demonstrate helpful approaches using the REACH acronym to de-escalate a situation involving persons living with dementia and their family. We include a wandering scenario and an in-home medical incident that involves an emergency response team. The videos focus on both the care partner and the first responder and detail how to work together to improve the emergency response for the individual with dementia.  Our goal is to be proactive rather than reactive and guide a person living with dementia to the best outcomes. 

First Responder Dementia Guide

Know How to Respond to Persons Living with Dementia in Emergency Situations

REACH 1st Responders Care Partners 2024 Training FDOH

These videos were created through a partnership with Aging Advocate and the FSU College of Medicine REACH Program. Take a look at the hyperlinks for more information about our program.  First Responders and Care Partner training videos landing page, they are also directly posted on a YouTube Channel playlist. The landing page has key takeaways, handouts, and other content that can be used in training. 

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pediatric Disaster Preparedness and Response Topical Collection resource endeavors to inform and guide pediatricians as well as planners, responders, care providers, and volunteers to be better prepared to meet the unique needs of children in times of crises and disasters.

Children have many unique anatomic, physiologic, immunologic, developmental, and psychological considerations that potentially affect their vulnerability to injury and response in a disaster. The underlying principle of pediatric disaster preparedness is to ensure that the medical and psychological needs of children are met during and after disaster events.

Family Reunification Following Disasters: A Planning Tool for Health Care Facilities

AAP Pediatric Disaster Preparedness and Response Topical Collection

To be fully prepared for disasters, the best strategy is an all-hazards approach. All components within the chain of care for those affected by disasters can benefit from additional knowledge and guidance to improve pediatric preparedness.

Chapter 1: How Children are Different
As all pediatric care providers know, one cannot treat children as small adults. Children have many unique anatomic, physiologic, immunologic, developmental, and psychological considerations that potentially affect their vulnerability to injury and response in a disaster. Pediatricians can and should ensure that the needs of children are met in triage, diagnosis, and management in times of catastrophic occurrences.

Chapter 2: Disaster Planning for Pediatricians
Preparedness is probably the most important phase of response in emergency management. Parents know their child best and can greatly benefit from their pediatrician’s help with planning before an emergency or disaster.

Chapter 3: Preparedness Planning in Specific Practice Settings
The underlying principle of pediatric disaster preparedness is to ensure that the medical and psychological needs of children are met during and after disaster events. Proper planning can help a practice provide the necessary care to their patients.

Chapter 4: Mental Health Issues
Pediatricians and other health professionals that care for children will play many critical roles in identifying and addressing the mental health needs of children and families in a disaster or crisis event.

Chapter 5: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Infectious diseases remain among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, especially in resource-limited countries. Guidelines are available for recognizing, isolating, and safely managing children with highly hazardous infectious diseases.

Chapter 6: Pediatric Preparedness Exercises
In conducting exercises specifically geared toward pediatric populations, hospitals and community-based providers can identify gaps in preparedness, training, response, and recovery for children in disasters.

Chapter 7: Nuclear and Radiological Events
Medical professionals, including pediatricians, need to be knowledgeable regarding the principles and management of radiological injury, not only to provide proper diagnosis and treatment to those affected, but also to alleviate public fear and counter potential misinformation.

Chapter 8: Biological Events
All public health and medical responses to bioterrorism events begin at the local level. Pediatricians are front-line health care providers in every community, and they may become front-line responders in a bioterrorist attack.

Chapter 9: Chemical Events
Successful planning and response to events involving chemical terrorism require strong collaboration and integrated functioning of many agencies and facilities, both governmental and nongovernmental, including local treatment facilities, local and state health departments, and federal agencies.

Chapter 10: Pediatric Decontamination
Pediatricians need to be aware of pediatric decontamination strategies and appropriate use of personal protective equipment to protect health care staff

Chapter 11: Physical Trauma: Blunt and Penetrating Injuries Due to Explosives and Firearms
Treatment of blast trauma involves full integration of the regional emergency medical services system and the regional trauma system, in accordance with plans developed in collaboration with regional public safety and emergency management agencies.


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**Meticulous attention to standard protocols for personal protection, recognizing toxidromes, and treating patients continues to be the best way to prepare for and respond to chemical agent exposures**
This document provides a quick refresher on standard protocols for recognizing, treating, and protecting yourself from nerve agent exposures. Comprehensive follow-up guidance for Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, HazMat, and Hospital-Based First Receivers incorporating lessons learned and best practices from the recent United Kingdom incidents will be forthcoming.
Nerve agents are extremely toxic chemical warfare agents. Several nerve agents exist and are generally categorized as either “high volatility” or “low volatility” chemicals, a measure of how likely they are to disperse in air. A high volatility nerve agent (easily dispersed in air) means that the exposure is likely to occur from breathing in its vapors resulting in the rapid onset of symptoms.
A low volatility nerve agent (not easily dispersed in air) typically gets absorbed through the skin and has a delayed onset of signs and symptoms. An example of a high volatility nerve agent is sarin, whereas VX is a low volatility agent. In the body, a nerve agent exerts its effects by inhibiting an enzyme (acetylcholinesterase), resulting in acute illness – specifically, cholinergic crisis.
Organophosphorus or carbamate pesticides produce similar effects to nerve agents.



Caveat: Poisoned patients may not demonstrate all of these symptoms

  • Mouth/Skin: Drooling (Salivation), foaming at the mouth, and excessive sweating
  • Nose/Eyes: Runny nose and watery eyes (Lacrimation) with small (often pinpoint) pupils (Miosis)
  • Chest: Cough, chest tightness, difficulty in breathing, wheezing, respiratory failure, “wet” fluid filled lungs
  • Abdominal: Urination, Diarrhea, abdominal (Gastrointestinal) cramps, belching, nausea, and/or vomiting (Emesis)
  • Mental Status: Confusion, drowsiness, slurred speech, ataxia, unconsciousness, coma
  • Muscle/Neurological: Fatigue, weakness, twitching, tremors, cramps, absent reflexes, seizure


  • Underlined findings = “SLUDGE”- Salivation, Lacrimation, Urination, Diarrhea, Gastrointestinal cramps, Emesis
  • Other mnemonic used = “DUMBBELS” – Diarrhea, Urination, Miosis/Muscle weakness, Bronchospasm/Bronchorrhea, Bradycardia, Emesis, Lacrimation, Salivation/Sweating

Handtevy Pediatric Emergency Standards


Handtevy began as the premier pediatric healthcare technology company, committed to improving the treatment of critically ill or injured children in emergency settings. Encouraged by the demand of our distinguished customers – the life-saving medical teams – we broadened our horizons. We heard their call for more.

Today, we extend our commitment to clinicians nationwide, providing them with state-of-the-art technology and hands-on training. Our goal? To amplify the speed, precision, and quality of emergency care, not just for pediatrics, but for adults as well. We’re more than a company; we’re a commitment to enhanced care for all.


Learning Center

Protocols & Checklists Tutorial


Tech Support

Safe Kids Southwest Florida

About Us

The Gosilano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the only comprehensive and accredited children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. They provide care for children, from birth through age 20, and their families throughout our five-county area. The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida  is the lead agency for Safe Kids Southwest Florida counties.

Safe Kids Southwest Florida is a proud member of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition.
For more information on the Coalition, click here.

Where to Find Safe Kids

Safe Kids Southwest Florida
Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
9981 S. HealthPark Dr., Suite 456, Fort Myers, FL 33908

SWFL Safe Kids Coordinator

Julie Noble, MMS, CPST

Lee Health Safety Champion
Golisano Children’s Hospital of SW Florida

Phone: 239-343-6199 • Fax: 239-343-6492
Contact HERE


Safety Professionals

National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)


The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the eighth leading cause of death in Florida.

AFSP Southwest Florida

State of Florida Pulsara Resources


Pulsara is a HIPAA-compliant app that unites the entire care team — including EMS, hospital staff, and emergency responders — on a single communication platform. Pulsara gives teams a fast way to create a dedicated channel for each patient, allowing them to enter critical patient information and share it with the right team members at the right time.

With Pulsara, teams can be built on the fly according to each patient’s needs. Pulsara alerts the appropriate team members and adds them to the patient’s channel, giving ALL team members one way to communicate about their patients. Pulsara can replace pagers, radio reports, faxes, and the many phone calls it takes to coordinate care.

Pulsara’s network connects any and all members of the care team, regardless of location or organization. Anyone can use Pulsara to communicate and coordinate logistics around all patients, every day, for every method of arrival. From routine transports to time-sensitive emergencies to major incidents, Pulsara works for every patient you encounter.


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National Special Pathogen System of Care (NSPS)


Communities must be prepared for special pathogen threats

The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented global crisis, taking millions of lives worldwide, overrunning the world’s health care systems, and upending the economy. The pandemic exposed gaps and injustices in our health care and public health arenas that cannot be ignored. The nation needs a system that prevents information siloes, shares resources, and invests in enhanced clinical care capabilities.

The National Special Pathogen System of Care (NSPS), including the system’s Regional Emerging Special Pathogen Treatment Centers (RESPTCs), was established to shape the future of special pathogen preparedness.

Region 2 RESPTC at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

Partners & Regional Contacts

Region IV EVD Transportation and Coordination Plan

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)


Public Safety Agencies, such as Law Enforcement, are in the best position to deter, detect, and investigate unauthorized or unsafe UAS operations. While drones can serve as a useful tool, these agencies also have an important role in protecting the public from unsafe and unauthorized drone operations. This information will help law enforcement and public safety professionals understand safe drone operations and their authority.

Operate a Drone, Start a Drone Program

Understand Your Authority: Handling Sightings and Reports

Access Our Public Safety Toolkit

FAA Contacts for Law Enforcement

Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft System Resource Guide

National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health (NCDMPH)



The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health will be the United States’ academic center of excellence leading disaster health education and research. In collaboration with our federal partners, we will facilitate science and education to inform policy, operations, and funding decisions that improve our readiness, save lives and mitigate injuries in disasters.

The Mission of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is to improve the United States disaster health readiness through advancements and improvements in education, research, practice, and policy.

NCDMPH is uniquely positioned as a bridge between federal agencies and academia.

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 established NCDMPH in 2007 to be an academic center of excellence in disaster medicine and public health under five federal agency partners: the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, and Department of Veterans Affairs. NCDMPH is both a federal organization and an academic center located in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences working with military, nonprofit, private and federal collaborators to advance the mission.







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