Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Courses
PEPP represents a complete source of prehospital medical information for the emergent care of infants and children. Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, PEPP is an exciting curriculum designed specifically to teach prehospital professionals how to better assess and manage ill or injured children. PEPP is a comprehensive, innovative, and highly visual course with case-based lectures, live action video, hands-on skills stations, and small group scenarios.
PALS courses provide the learner with:
- Information needed to recognize infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest
- Information and strategies needed to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children
- The cognitive and psychomotor skills needed to resuscitate and stabilize infants and children in respiratory failure, shock or cardiopulmonary arrest.
PALS courses are intended for pediatricians, house staff, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare providers who are responsible for the well-being of infants and children.
This class provides a review of the normal anatomy and physiology of the pediatric respiratory system, and then abnormal presentations are discussed. Audio of normal and abnormal respiratory sounds is included for students to listen to, as well as video of respiratory distress cases. Students then learn how to treat respiratory emergencies with a review of several EMS skills: bulb suctioning, tonsil tip suctioning, tracheal tube suctioning, oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal suctioning, bag/valve/mask ventilation, oral airway insertion, nasopharyngeal airway insertion, relieving a foreign body obstruction, oxygen administration, endotracheal intubation, and administering nebulized medication therapy. Next, each of the following medical conditions is presented, proper treatments are discussed, and appropriate medication dosages are reviewed: foreign body obstruction, croup, epiglottitis, allergic reaction, asthma, foreign body aspiration, bronchiolitis/RSV, pulmonary edema, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress and neuromuscular diseases. The module also covers how the respiratory system is affected during trauma to the head, spine, and chest. The presentation concludes with instruction on taking care of respiratory emergencies and tracheostomy tube problems for children with special health care needs.
This 2- to 4-hour course can be adjusted to meet your trainings needs, and it can also be broken out into two 2-hour sessions that each include hands-on skill practice.
Utah EMSC partnered with NAEMT
to develop a pediatric immobilization training to accompany each backboard that was distributed. The objectives for this two-hour CME class are:
- Describe the special considerations in airway management and ventilation for the pediatric patient.
- Describe how to stabilize the cervical spine.
- Discuss indications for sizing and using a cervical spine immobilization device
- Describe a method for sizing and using a cervical spine immobilization device
- Describe how to secure a patient to a long spine board.
- Describe how to immobilize a patient using a short spine board.
A skills check-off was also developed for the course for instructors to use during the hands-on skills practice portion of the class. The Pediatric Medical Director for NAEMT has approved Utah EMSC's Pediatric Spinal Immobilization class.
This two-hour training addresses the proper use of the Broselow Tape and System. The goal of the training is to teach emergency care providers the importance of standardization in pediatric resuscitation and to train them on the proper use of the Broselow tape and system. By the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate proper use of the Broselow system
- Articulate benefits of using a standardized approach to calculating a pediatric patientís weight.
A child will be present during this training in order to have class participants calculate the child's weight, equipment sizes, and fluid amounts before and after the training.
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Updated July 16, 2014