October 26, 2012
Pediatric Trauma Course for EMS Providers
EMS personnel must make a number of critical decisions when they arrive on the scene of a pediatric injury, not the least of which is where to ultimately transport the patient. Trauma is among the leading causes of injury and death in American children; accordingly, it is essential that EMS providers possess a firm understanding of how to evaluate their pediatric patients as well as the resources available to them to assist in making the best transport decisions.
This course is designed to review the EMS prehospital management of pediatric trauma through the following topics:
- Defining the impact of pediatric trauma – the size and cost of the problem, who is most affected and who is at the greatest risk, what can be done to prevent it
- Reviewing the fundamentals of the pediatric patient assessment
- Considering the benefits of the advanced care offered by trauma centers
- Examining the utility of a trauma triage and destination pre-planning tool in making consistent transport decisions