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10.Shoes: Without elevators, Berggren had to run up and down the hospital's nine flights of stairs.
9. NSAIDS: Aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen made her a hospital favorite when caffeine-withdrawal headaches kicked in.
8. Underwear and a Fanny Pack: White coats with pockets were too hot to wear.
7. Flashlights and "D" batteries: Besides the obvious uses, Berggren's ward had a talent show by flashlight to keep spirits up.
6. Toilets: The available toilets filled up, so a nurse created makeshift toilets in an unused patient room so everyone could feel a little more "human."
5. Shift work and adequate sleep: Berggren said one key to their success (no patients on her ward died) was keeping a normal schedule. Tired people can't take care of others.
4. Morale-boosting activities: Berggren's infectious disease ward made posters using bed sheets that said "9 west has a big heart, Katrina can't tear us apart" and hung them from the windows.
3. Don't stand around waiting to be rescued: Use any resources you have to get the word out that you need help.
2. Don't tick off people with guns.
1. A team: "The most important necessity is for a team of professionals who care for their patients and care for one another."
WASHINGTON -- Health leaders from Pan-American countries rallied in support of a worldwide health care system equipped for unforeseen disasters - be they manmade or natural.
The meeting and hospital fair was held Tuesday in Washington to recognize World Health Day 2009. This year's theme is "Save lives, make hospitals safe in emergencies."
Panelists included a doctor who was trapped for six days inside Charity Hospital in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and the CEO of a California hospital chain.