Gozo: Emergency Pediatric Care Courses (April 2017)
"Children are not small adults" has long been the battle cry of pediatric emergency medicine specialists advocating for better training and resources for all providers of urgent and emergent pediatric medical care.
While there are many differences between adult and pediatric physiology, illnesses, injuries and interventions, only some are critical. EPC focuses on those critical situations, enabling EMS practitioners to provide the best treatment for sick and injured children in the field.
Topics covered include:
- The pathophysiology of the most common critical pediatric emergency issues, and critical thinking skills to help practitioners make the best decisions for their patients.
- Application of the Pediatric Assessment Triangle (PAT), a tool to help EMS practitioners rapidly and accurately assess pediatric patients.
- The importance of family-centered care.
- Understanding and communicating with children.
- Airway management, breathing and oxygenation.
- Cardiac emergencies.
- Recognizing child abuse and neglect.
- Hypoperfusion and shock.
- Newborn resuscitation.
- Pediatric trauma.
- Treating children with special needs.
The course encompasses lectures, interactive skills stations, small group critical thinking discussions and patient simulations/resuscitation scenarios.Who is this class for? EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical responders, nurses, physician assistants and physicians.