Celebrating EMS Week 2023 – Day 4: EMS for Children Day
This day’s theme highlights the pediatric clinical care provided by EMS and the need for increased specialized training for our youngest patients
Welcome to Wednesday – EMS for Children Day!
Today, we focus on the distinctive physiological and psychological aspects of caring for children, highlighting the need for improving pediatric emergency care in prehospital and acute care settings.
Children are not miniature adults; they require a unique approach to medical care due to their evolving physiology, developmental stages and specific emotional needs. This day serves as an important reminder to raise awareness about the challenges faced by EMS professionals on these calls and the ongoing efforts to improve pediatric emergency care.
Check out our “EMS Week – Day 4” video below and take a look at the resources we’ve compiled for EMS for Children Day. Be sure to share this collection with your colleagues and on your social channels to spread awareness!
Pediatric skills training
One of the key aspects of pediatric emergency care is understanding the physiological differences between children and adults. Our resource guide features articles and guidelines that delve into the unique anatomy, vital sign interpretation and medication dosing for pediatric patients.
The pediatric general assessment triangle
Go back to the basics with a thorough understanding of pediatric appearance, breathing and circulation warning signs, and the cardinal rule of pediatric assessment
- Pediatric patient ABCs: 7 tips for EMTs and paramedics
- Back to the basics: Pediatric trauma
- Research review: Changes in childbirth
- How to assess pediatric mental health emergencies
- Q&A: Preventing pediatric emergency skills decay with AI in rural EMS
- 4 steps to owning the infant IV
Pediatric clinical cases
Video: Pediatric airway burns
Check out this incredible footage from video laryngoscopes that captured burned and swollen airways during intubation
- Listen: Pediatric cardiorespiratory arrest
- Pediatric emergencies: Different cases, different approaches