Hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson are joined by Dr. Peter Antevy in this week’s Inside EMS podcast quick clip to discuss reasons for treating pediatric patients on-scene rather than rapidly transporting during a cardiac arrest.
We hear about it too often in South Florida. A young child is found floating in a backyard pool. Now fire rescue crews have something new to save lives. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue implemented the Handtevy Pediatric Box early in 2014. Just a few weeks after implementation R38 responded to a call of a 2 year old drowning. Using the Handtevy, the crew was able to regain a pulse prior to arrival at Jackson Memorial Hospital..
by Mark Rosenbaum
Any time you are dispatched to a pediatric call, there is always an increased level of anxiety. Couple that with the fact that a majority of EMS calls involve adults and it’s no wonder that these low-volume, high-risk scenarios can cause even the most experienced medics stress. Adding to the anxiety is the real possibility of making a medication dosing error. One study demonstrated a medication dosing error rate of 34% among 5,547 pediatric patients treated in the field. Another study at a university-affiliated pediatric hospital found 252 tenfold medication errors were identified throughout a five-year period.