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Rapid Recognition, Assessment and
Management of Pediatric Predicaments

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Course Description

This program is designed for nurses and other healthcare providers involved in the care of pediatric patients. The course will provide knowledge regarding the unique anatomical and physiological differences affecting the assessment and intervention of pediatric patients, from initial presentation through stabilization.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the vital anatomical/physiological differences between adults and children and determine how these changes effect initial treatment and resuscitation of the pediatric patient.
  • Identify appropriate calculations and reconstitution of pediatric medications.
  • List the characteristics of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
  • Identify the components in MCI (Pediatric Mass Casualty Incident Triage).
  • Discuss current concepts in family involvement during treatment and resuscitation.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Basics of Pediatric Assessment: The A’s, B’s, and C’s
    Anatomical and Physiological Differences between Adults and Children | Initial Treatment | Resuscitation
  • Pediatric Triage: Down and Dirty From the Door Assessment in 60 Seconds
    Pediatric Assessment Triangle | Urgent vs. Non-Urgent Patients
  • Fluid Management and IV Therapy in Children
    Normal Presentations | Dehydration Percentages | Pediatric IV Access
  • Principles of Medication Administration and Calculations
    Pediatric Medications | Weight Conversions and Dosaging | Pain Management
  • Non-Accidental Trauma
    Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy | Recognition
  • Management of Pediatric Respiratory Illnesses and Emergencies
    Asthma Care and Management | Foreign Bodies | Epiglottitis and Croup

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Management of the Most Common Pediatric Trauma
    Thoracic, Abdominal and Head Trauma | Trauma Patterns | Drowning
  • Abdominal Emergencies
    Intussusception | Bowel Obstruction | Testicular Torsion
  • Assessment of Pediatric Neuro
    Neurological Structures | Neurological Assessment | Ventriculostomy Management | Meningitis | Seizures
  • Emergency Review
    Color Coding Length-Based Pediatric Emergency System | MCI (Pediatric Mass Casualty Incident Triage)
  • Teen Terrors: Exploring the Thought Process of the Teenage Patient
    Physiological Development | Self-Harm Behaviors
  • Family-Centered Care: How Do We Apply it to What We Do?
    Family Involvement During Treatment and Resuscitation | Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Putting It All Together: A Drill Down Case Review