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Strategies for Pediatric Crises

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Course Description

This two-day course is designed to provide the medical care provider with a basic pediatric foundation in anatomy, physiology and scope of care. It is designed for nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, community and ED physicians, and any provider of healthcare in a non-PICU setting. It includes the discussion of differences in the adult and pediatric anatomy and physiology, as well as includes skill sets in immediate assessment. A focus will be the application of this knowledge to a variety of pediatric presentations. Case studies and examples will be utilized throughout the course.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify three differences in pediatric and adult anatomy and physiology.
  • Compare and contrast initial airway management in the pediatric vs. adult patient.
  • Discuss common respiratory presentations in the pediatric patient.
  • Identify stabilization priorities in the pediatric patient.
  • Describe the neurological process of maturation in the teenager.


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

  • Differences Between Us and the Little People
    Unique Physiological Characteristics of the Pediatric Patient | Treatment Considerations
  • Sick or Not Sick: From the Door Assessment
    Three-Fold Rapid Pediatric Assessment (Pediatric Assessment Triangle) | Urgent vs. Non-Urgent Pediatric Patients
  • Management of Shock in Children
    Normal Presentations in Children | Dehydration Percentages | Initial Fluids for Treatment | Pediatric Specific Sites of IV Access
  • Non-Accidental Trauma
    “Red Flags” of Identification | Patterns in Bruising, Breaks and Burns
  • Management of Pediatric Respiratory Illnesses and Emergencies
    Foreign Body Aspiration and Ingestion | Differences between Epiglottitis and Croup

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

  • Neurologic Emergencies
    Pediatric Neurological Structures | Assessment Tools
  • Patterns in Pediatric Trauma
    Thoracic, Abdominal and Head Trauma | Common Trauma Patterns
  • The First 30 Seconds
    Transition from Fetus to Newborn | Initial Interventions
  • Teen Terrors
    Neurologic Development and Behavior | Medical Considerations
  • Management of Abdominal Emergencies
    Intussusceptions | Bowel Obstruction
  • Compassion Fatigue—When it Hurts to Help
    Stressors that Affect Performance and Job Satisfaction | How Fatigue Influences Communication