FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY – Most emergency medical services personnel will readily admit that calls involving children are among the most nerve-racking. A nationally recognized daylong course designed to make those calls a little easier will be offered for area emergency providers from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm March 29th at Flanders Fire and Rescue Company Headquarters.
Presented by the Atlantic Training Center in cooperation with the Flanders Fire & Rescue Company EMS Division, the Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) Course is developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is a product of 15 years of collaboration, brainstorming, review, revision and re-revision by physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and EMS educators across the country.
“Most of the literature puts the number of pediatric prehospital emergency calls at about 10 percent,” said Heather Detoro, captain of the Flanders EMS Division. “That means even the busiest prehospital caregivers don’t see as many kids as adults. Children present a much different set of challenges for us.”
The daylong PEPP class focuses on basic life support techniques using case-based lectures, live-action video, skill stations and small-group scenarios. The course covers child development, assessment, respiratory issues, trauma, medical emergencies, sudden infant death syndrome, delivery of babies and other topics.
The class begins at 8:30 am at the Flanders Firehouse, 27 Main Street, Flanders, New Jersey. It is open to all EMS, fire service and police personnel. More information is available by calling Flanders Fire/Rescue at (973) 584-7805 or by calling the Atlantic Training Center at (908) 522-5395. Registration is through Atlantic Health and the State of New Jersey LMS system.