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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163046
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Are Prehospital Providers Getting the Pediatric Education They Need?
Abstract:
Are Prehospital Providers Getting the Pediatric Education They Need?
Conference Sponsor:Emergency Nurses Association
Conference Year:2004
Author:Gardina, Lester, RN, MSN
P.I. Institution Name:County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services
Title:Quality Assurance Specialist - Pediatric and Trauma Coordinator
Contact Address:8645 Via Del Luz, El Cajon, CA, 92021, USA
Contact Telephone:(619) 285-6571
Co-Authors:Steve Leapley, AS, EMT; Patricia Murrin, RN, MPH

Purpose: National and local efforts have worked to improve prehospital pediatric training. Unfortunately,
the type and extent of pediatric education being provided or needed has not been determined. The purpose
of this study was to describe and evaluate the current prehospital pediatric educational experience
and demand.
Design/Setting: A cross-sectional survey design was used to assess prehospital personnel in a large
California county.
Sample: Surveys were distributed to attendees of mandatory protocol training sessions over a sixty-day
collection period from May to July 2002. Of the 1,800 distributed surveys, 796 surveys (44%) were
returned. Surveys were received from 445 EMT-Basics, 301 paramedics and 16 registered nurses (RN). The
sample represented 50.1% of the paramedics and 21.8% of the EMT-basics in the participating agencies.
Two-thirds of the respondents reported having more than four years of experience. Only 7.8% of the prehospital
personnel reported working in a primarily rural setting.
Methodology: A 30-item questionnaire was developed by a taskforce consisting of Base Hospital Nurse
Coordinators, prehospital educators, paramedic instructors, and Emergency Medical Services specialists.
The questionnaire included both closed and open-ended questions to assess demographics, courses taken,
educational preferences, educational needs, amount of training, and degree of comfort in treating children.
Descriptive analysis was applied.
Results: Prehospital personnel were satisfied with courses they had taken (76.1%). Most paramedics
(76.7%) and RNs (81.3%) were current Pediatric Advanced Life Support providers. Only 22.9% of the paramedics
had taken the Pediatric Education for Prehospital Personnel (PEPP) course. Paramedics (45%) and
EMT-Basics (25%) had attended a pediatric course in the prior year. The reported need for pediatric education
(45% paramedics; 38% EMT-Basic) was second only to the need for terrorism and mass casualty education.
About one-half of the paramedics had less than one hour of training in each of the following topics:
childhood development (57%), child maltreatment (53%), SIDS (50%), and newborn delivery (45%).
Paramedics were less comfortable in understanding the child's medical condition (39%) and treating technologically
dependent children (48%), than starting an IV on a child under four years old (61%) or caring
for a critically ill child (63%)
Conclusions: There is a need and demand for prehospital education, which can be supported by emergency
nursing in each community. The demand for pediatric courses is second only to disaster topics.
Barely half of prehospital personnel have current education in caring for children with special health care
needs. Emergency nurses have an opportunity to utilize their experience and technological knowledge to
participate in the education of prehospital care providers. [Poster Presentation]
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Emergency Nurses Association

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAre Prehospital Providers Getting the Pediatric Education They Need?en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163046-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Are Prehospital Providers Getting the Pediatric Education They Need?</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Emergency Nurses Association</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Gardina, Lester, RN, MSN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Quality Assurance Specialist - Pediatric and Trauma Coordinator</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">8645 Via Del Luz, El Cajon, CA, 92021, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">(619) 285-6571</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">Les.Gardina@sdcounty.ca.gov</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Steve Leapley, AS, EMT; Patricia Murrin, RN, MPH<br/><br/></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: National and local efforts have worked to improve prehospital pediatric training. Unfortunately,<br/>the type and extent of pediatric education being provided or needed has not been determined. The purpose<br/>of this study was to describe and evaluate the current prehospital pediatric educational experience<br/>and demand.<br/>Design/Setting: A cross-sectional survey design was used to assess prehospital personnel in a large<br/>California county.<br/>Sample: Surveys were distributed to attendees of mandatory protocol training sessions over a sixty-day<br/>collection period from May to July 2002. Of the 1,800 distributed surveys, 796 surveys (44%) were<br/>returned. Surveys were received from 445 EMT-Basics, 301 paramedics and 16 registered nurses (RN). The<br/>sample represented 50.1% of the paramedics and 21.8% of the EMT-basics in the participating agencies.<br/>Two-thirds of the respondents reported having more than four years of experience. Only 7.8% of the prehospital<br/>personnel reported working in a primarily rural setting.<br/>Methodology: A 30-item questionnaire was developed by a taskforce consisting of Base Hospital Nurse<br/>Coordinators, prehospital educators, paramedic instructors, and Emergency Medical Services specialists.<br/>The questionnaire included both closed and open-ended questions to assess demographics, courses taken,<br/>educational preferences, educational needs, amount of training, and degree of comfort in treating children.<br/>Descriptive analysis was applied.<br/>Results: Prehospital personnel were satisfied with courses they had taken (76.1%). Most paramedics<br/>(76.7%) and RNs (81.3%) were current Pediatric Advanced Life Support providers. Only 22.9% of the paramedics<br/>had taken the Pediatric Education for Prehospital Personnel (PEPP) course. Paramedics (45%) and<br/>EMT-Basics (25%) had attended a pediatric course in the prior year. The reported need for pediatric education<br/>(45% paramedics; 38% EMT-Basic) was second only to the need for terrorism and mass casualty education.<br/>About one-half of the paramedics had less than one hour of training in each of the following topics:<br/>childhood development (57%), child maltreatment (53%), SIDS (50%), and newborn delivery (45%).<br/>Paramedics were less comfortable in understanding the child's medical condition (39%) and treating technologically<br/>dependent children (48%), than starting an IV on a child under four years old (61%) or caring<br/>for a critically ill child (63%)<br/>Conclusions: There is a need and demand for prehospital education, which can be supported by emergency<br/>nursing in each community. The demand for pediatric courses is second only to disaster topics.<br/>Barely half of prehospital personnel have current education in caring for children with special health care<br/>needs. Emergency nurses have an opportunity to utilize their experience and technological knowledge to<br/>participate in the education of prehospital care providers. [Poster Presentation]</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T10:38:38Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T10:38:38Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipEmergency Nurses Associationen_GB
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