Pediatric Skills in EMS

Here is yet one more excellent example of a paper from Australia that highlights the need for better pediatric Paramedic training. No surprise. Paramedics get scant few hours to either train or work on kids. Its a double whammy.

You don’t get trained to do it, and don’t get much experience doing it. So neither of the two typical learning pathways are available. But when they are needed, that’s when everyone expects you to be an expert.

This article focuses on trauma, which I frankly think should be child’s play (no pun intended) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20008198.2016.1273587

For a more elaborating user experience here in the States I suggest Dr. Peter Antevy’s class.  Take it Twice. https://www.facebook.com/Handtevy/

When I committed to really learning about MCI Management I took AJ Heightman’s MCI class. Then I took it a second time and realized what and how much I missed. Sometimes doing the same thing twice proves well worth the effort, especially when it’s about a skill set you will rarely if ever be called upon to use. http://www.jems.com/articles/print/volume-36/issue-5/major-incidents/aj-heightman-offers-easy-triag.html?c=1

Sometimes the skills we need most are those we use the least.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I have written a lot about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for EMS1.com, on AmbulanceWorld.com and Multibriefs.com. I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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