Fran Hildwine, BS, NRP, is the AHA Training Center Coordinator at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. He’s also an
EMS instructor at Good Fellowship Ambulance Club in West Chester, Pa. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Retractable Pediatric Tape
How often do you administer medications to pediatric patients? If you
are the average EMS provider your answer is likely “not very often”. The
major difference between adult and pediatric medication administration
is weight based dosing for children. Since most ambulances do not have a
scale, (Do any?) we rely on a color-coded, weight-based, measuring tape.
Some models have common medications included on the tape, but these lists
may not be as comprehensive as your department protocols. The new Mini
Retractable Pediatric Tape by Dose by Growth puts the basics of length-based
weight color-coding in a compact, retractable tape measure which can be used with
a comprehensive dosing guide. Normal pediatric vital signs and a standard metrics and
English tape measure are also included.
Basic Pediatric Assessment
EMS providers sometimes feel less confident treating pediatric vs. adult patients.
That’s why continuing education classes like Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
are popular. Many of these courses are ALS driven, leaving a knowledge gap for
BLS providers. The American Heart Association (AHA) attempts to fill that gap
with an updated and revised Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition
and Stabilization (PEARS) course that meets the 2015 AHA Guidelines. PEARS
focuses on critical assessment points to determine if a child is sick or not. The
course uses videos of actual patients. It’s one thing
to speak about an increased work of breathing
and intercostal retractions, but it’s much easier to
comprehend when you watch a video of a child
with that exact respiratory pattern.
Weight: 2 oz.
Provider manual: $34.50
Instructor manual: $46.50
Instructor DVD: $78.50
Colors: Black, brown, orange, yellow, blue (additional colors/patterns available)
Ink color: Black, blue
Price: $8.45 (pack of 3, most solid colors)
Pen for Your Pants Pocket
Pens are one of those items EMS folks always need to have
on hand. Providers often fall into two groups regarding pens:
One group carries high-quality pens which get deconned when
needed, and the second group carries cheap pens which are
disposed of when soiled. Yet another concern is the volunteer
who often responds in jeans and a T-shirt coming from their
local civilian job. The new Pokka Pen is specifically designed to
be carried in a pants pocket and provide a high-quality writing
experience. Measuring at a compact length of 3 3/8" when stored,
the Pokka Pen won’t jab you in the leg during your day-to-day
activities. When you use the Pokka Pen, it opens to 5 1/2", fits
well in your hand and provides a smooth writing experience.