EMSC Connects

July 2021; Vol.10, Issue 7

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Pedi Points

Tia Dickson, RN, BSN

Primary Children's Hospital

Pediatric readiness isn't just disaster prep! We usually talk about pediatric preparedness during September because it pairs so nicely with National Preparedness Month but being ready for a pediatric call within your agency is more than emergency prep. It's having the knowledge and skills training to care for a child. It's having protocols in place and knowing how and when to use them. It's having the right equipment on hand. It's also knowing how to access the resources available to you. Disaster prep is also important but if you're ready for a day-to-day peds call, you will be ready for the catastrophe.

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Your agency is not truly peds ready until they have a PECC

What is a PECC?

A Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC)--sometimes referred to as a pediatric champion or pediatric liaison--is a term the EMSC program uses to refer to any individual who has a particular interest in or responsibilities related to pediatric emergency care. In Utah, the PECC role is a designated (in Imagetrend) position within an EMS agency or hospital. Sometimes this individual is dedicated solely to this role. However, depending on the pediatric volume of the EMS agency or hospital, this person may take on the PECC duties in addition to other responsibilities (e.g., EMS instructor, educator, trauma coordinator, etc.).

  • The IOM report in 2007 entitled "Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains," recommends EMS agencies and emergency departments (EDs) appoint a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) to advocate and provide pediatric leadership for the organization.
  • In 2018, Utah made the requirement of having a PECC in every hospital and EMS agency an EMSC Performance Measure.

EMSC began with hospitals and tried out the PECC role in nine states. A study found that hospitals with a PECC . . .

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We have 65 designated EMS agency PECCs in Utah

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One PECC can represent multiple agencies

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Does your agency have a PECC? We are still looking for PECCs to represent EVERY agency in Utah.

If you're a pediatric advocate within your agency, we need you. Please contact our program manager, Mark Herrera (markherrera@utah.gov), to find out how you can help. Join BEFORE our first annual PECC Conference on September 30th (see below). We have designated PECCs from 47 agencies already registered for the conference.

What's a peds readiness discussion without a look at disaster?

The Doc Spot

Pediatrics in Disasters: Assessing our Readiness

Jonathan Eisenberg, MD

A disaster is an event that most often occurs suddenly and unexpectedly, causing trauma to people and/or severe damage to the environment and exceeds or overwhelms the response capacity of the affected community. These are rare, but devastating events, that require planning, practice, and response. During a disaster scenario, the care of patients is altered as a result of the limited resources and availability of providers. These changes of care and scope of practice fall under the crisis standards of care guidelines which essentially dictate weighing the greatest good for the greatest number of patients. This is achieved by delaying, degrading, and denying care; actions that can be very uncomfortable for a provider.

The response to a disaster is multifaceted and complex. There is the scene response, coordinated by an incident commander where the initial triage is performed. There are multiple accepted forms of mass casualty/disaster triage. The START triage, and JUMPSTART for pediatric patients, are simple tools to objectively assess large groups of patients quickly and effectively. It uses a color-coded system (green, yellow, red, and black) along with targeted exam findings to delineate severity of disease. The pediatric version gives slightly more latitude toward an attempt at resuscitation with rescue breaths prior to ceasing all efforts. A secondary triage can be performed at the receiving facility to determine change in status.

Regarding pediatric disaster victims, there are significant differences that make the pediatric patient more susceptible to disaster pathology. There are anatomical and physiological differences (similar to a pediatric trauma victim) that predispose children to worse outcomes. Short stature makes them susceptible to aerosolized chemicals in a terrorist attack or projectiles from an explosive device. Large head size leads to an increased rate of brain injury. They also have faster metabolism and respiratory rate, along with a less mature immune system. Developmental issues also make them more difficult to evaluate and reunify with family.

There are ongoing efforts to increase pediatric readiness in emergency departments (National Pediatric Readiness Project) which in turn, will allow for greater preparation to deal with pediatric disaster victims. But, individual hospitals, clinics, fire departments, and EMS systems should take stock of their disaster plans and ensure pediatric involvement. In the state of Utah, 29% of the population is younger than 18 yrs of age. Neglecting their medical importance in preparation and mitigation strategies will, at some point, lead to catastrophic outcomes in the event of a large scale disaster event.

Protocols in Practice—Pediatric Assessment

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Pediatric Skills Refresher - Using the Pediatric Assessment Triangle

SVEMS - Pediatric Assessment Triangle

News from national

The EIIC has launched a new Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Toolkit

The Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Toolkit content is organized by the seven domains of prehospital pediatric readiness as outlined in the checklist. The tools and resources align with the Joint Policy Statement and will help prehospital emergency care providers better understand and achieve the components of pediatric readiness in the prehospital environment. The resources in this toolkit have been curated by a comprehensive team of stakeholders and will be useful to all who are dedicated to delivering high-quality pediatric prehospital care.

Here is link to page:


And in this link, you will find some great videos for education and skills:


Recruiting Participants for Pediatric Emergency Care Champions (PECC) Development Collaborative

September 1, 2021—June 30, 2022


This collaborative will develop individuals who are interested in improving the quality of pediatric care at your EMS agency, ED/hospital, or within your region. We will provide resources, example practices, and networking opportunities at no cost to help push forward any effort for pediatric improvement.

View Recruitment Video https://youtu.be/Nn8M5DCqeF4

For details go to: https://emscimprovement.center/collaboratives/pwdc/

In The News

News from Utah EMSC

Last Call for Handtevy!

As you may know, Utah EMSC has purchased the Handtevy App for ALL EMS Agencies in the State. Want access to yours? It has already been purchased for you!

We still have a number of agencies who have not signed up/been in contact with the Handtevy administration.

Here is a list of the agencies who have taken advantage of the Handtevy purchase. These agencies have an active Handtevy account:

  • American Fork Fire
    Brigham City Fire
    Cedar Mountain Fire Protection District
    Classic Air Medical
    Davis County Sheriff's Office
    Draper City Fire Department
    East Carbon Ambulance
    Emery County Ambulance
    Enterprise Fire and EMS
    Garfield County Ambulance
    Grand County EMS
    Juab County EMS
    Lehi Fire Dept
    Logan City Fire Department
    Lone Peak Fire Department
    Mendon Fire and Rescue
    Millard County Ambulance Service
    Morgan County Fire Department
    Mountain West Ambulance
    Murray City Fire Department
    North Fork Fire
    North Sanpete Ambulance
    North Summit Fire District
    Ogden City Fire Department
    Orem Fire Department
    Piute County Ambulance
    Plymouth Fire Department
    Rich County Ambulance
    Rocky Ridge EMS
    Roy City Fire & Rescue
    Salt Lake City Fire Department
    Salt Lake Community College
    San Juan County EMS
    Santa Clara - Ivins Fire Rescue
    Santaquin Fire & EMS
    Saratoga Springs Fire & Rescue
    Scipio Ambulance
    Sevier County EMS
    South Ogden Fire UT
    Spanish Fork EMS
    Uintah Basin Medical Center EMS
    University of Utah Health AirMed
    Utah County Sheriff Search and Rescue
    Utah Navajo Health System
    Ute Tribe Ambulance
    Wasatch Fire District
    Weber County Sheriff's Office
    West Jordan Fire Department
    West Valley City Fire Department
    Zion National Park EMS

If you are interested in Handtevy and would like to take advantage of this great opportunity, encourage agency leadership to fill out the survey attached below.

Survey: https://forms.gle/GNsQi2sPYm7iSHHE8

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Mark Herrera, NRP, FP-C

EMSC Program Manager

Bureau of EMS and Preparedness

Utah Department of Health


801-232-9138 (c)

The Latest on Covid-19 and kids

Talk to your community about the Covid-19 vaccine

Intermountain has developed conversation guidance addressing vaccine hesitancy and scripting examples in “Tips for talking about the COVID-19 vaccine with your patients.” It was developed with support from physician and APP leaders, epidemiologists, and vaccine experts, and informed by conversations many providers have already had.

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Utah Department of Health

The 2021 National Pediatric Readiness Project for hospitals closes July 31st

WE HAVE A 71.4% RESPONSE RATE. The survey closes July 31.

What is the National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP)?

The National Pediatric Readiness Project is a multi-phase quality improvement initiative to ensure all U.S. emergency departments have the essential guidelines and resources in place to provide effective emergency care to children.

What is the 2021 NPRP Assessment?

The NPRP Assessment is a national assessment of America’s EDs to determine progress in pediatric readiness, identify existing gaps, promote quality improvement (QI) efforts in hospital EDs around the country, develop national collaboratives to address common and critical gaps, and identify best practices.

Why is participation in the 2021 NPRP assessment important for ED managers?

The NPRP assessment helps ED personnel better prepare to provide quality care for patients of all ages by evaluating the QI process of EDs over time.

  • Hospitals with high ED readiness scores demonstrate a 4-fold lower rate of mortality for children with critical illness than those with lower readiness scores; thus, improving pediatric readiness improves outcomes for children and their families.

ED nurse managers, we need you!


Ask Our Doc

Do you have a question for our EMSC Medical Director, Hilary Hewes, MD, PCH, ER Attending Physician about this newsletter topic or anything related to pediatrics? Shoot an email to the following address tdickson@utah.gov.

Have you met the PCH EMS Liaison?

You have the right to close the loop on care you provided. For follow up on patients brought to Primary Children's Hospital, contact the PCH EMS Liaison, Lynsey Cooper at Lynsey.Cooper@imail.org.

Looking for a PEPP class?

Pediatric Education for the Prehospital Provider

Register online at www.peppsite.com. Look up classes in Utah and find the one that works for you. Once you find the class, go to jblearning.com, and look up pepp als in the search tool. Purchase the number ($18.95). Return to peppsite.org to register for the class and follow the prompts.

If you have any questions, please email Erik Andersen at erikandersen@utah.gov or text/call 435-597-7098. Continue to watch the website for additional classes.

Pediatric Education and Trauma Outreach Series (Petos)

Monday, July 12th, 2-4pm

This is an online event.

Utah EMS for Children (EMSC), Primary Children's Hospital (PCH) and Utah Telehealth Network (UTN) have partnered to offer the Pediatric Emergency and Trauma Outreach Series (PETOS) to EMS providers.

This course provides 1 free CME from the Utah Department of Health Bureau of EMS and Preparedness for EMTs and Paramedics. The lectures are presented by physicians and pediatric experts from Primary Children’s Hospital. The format is informal, inviting questions and discussion.

Join us on Zoom each 2nd Monday at 02:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 981 9375 7707

Password: EmscPCH

Archived presentations can be viewed and also qualify for CME. Access at https://intermountainhealthcare.org/primary-childrens/classes-events/petos

To obtain a completion certificate

  • For live (virtual) participants: To receive a certificate of completion for attendance be sure to include your email address when the host requests it in the chat during the live presentation. Certificates are e-mailed out after verification of attendance and processing.
  • For archived viewing: After viewing archived presentations (link above) e-mail utah.petos@gmail.com with the date and title of presentation viewed, you will receive a three question quiz to verify participation and once the quiz is returned, certificates are e-mailed out.

We try to have certificates out within a week but will occasionally have delays.

Western Pediatric Trauma Conference

Wednesday, July 14th, 8am to Friday, July 16th, 4pm

This is an online event.

Find all the details here, https://pedtrauma.org/.

Free attendance is offered to EMS (see News From Utah EMSC above) personnel.

University of Utah's EMS Grand Rounds (Offered every 2nd Wednesday of even months)

Wednesday, Aug. 11th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Virtual-Zoom Meeting Meeting

ID: 938 0162 7994 Passcode: 561313

First Annual PECC Conference

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 8am-12pm

This is an online event.

Contact EMSC Program Manager, Mark Herrera Mark.Herrera@utah.gov for more information
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18th Annual Utah Trauma Network 2021—Save the Date

Thursday, Sep. 16th, 9pm to Friday, Sep. 17th, 4pm

This is an online event.

Join us for this annual event to learn about the recent advances in trauma care from speakers who are experts in the field. The Utah Trauma Network brings together trauma care providers from around the state of Utah.

Register Today

30th Annual Issues in Pediatric Care Conference—Save the Date

Thursday, Oct. 7th, 9pm to Friday, Oct. 8th, 4pm

This is an online event.

Designed for registered nurses and other pediatric healthcare providers.

  • Discuss current pediatric healthcare issues
  • Review new best practices and pediatric treatments
  • Discuss common pediatric nursing and care concerns
  • Network with other pediatric healthcare providers

If you have questions call (801) 507-8470. More information coming soon.

Emergency Medical Services for Children, Utah Bureau of EMS and Preparedness

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program aims to ensure that emergency medical care for the ill and injured child or adolescent is well integrated into an emergency medical service system. We work to ensure that the system is backed by optimal resources and that the entire spectrum of emergency services (prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation) is provided to children and adolescents, no matter where they live, attend school, or travel.