Are You Ready...For Little Patients?


Dr. Facilier begged the question..."Are you ready for Transformation Central?"  Transformation?  My ER runs just fine.  What could I need to be ready for or transform my ER into???  Well, there's this little thing standing between you and poop in your underwear; most of us call them pediatric patients.  What should scare you is that 30% of the hospitals in the US are not ready and by not ready I mean that they do not have the proper equipment or training necessary to take care of critically ill patients.  So I say again, ask yourself, what is the most stressful patient whom you to take care?  Is it the little old urosepsis patient that needs an art line, central line and intubation or the neonate that needs the same procedures.  OK, the procedures are stressful, but what if you don't have the equipment to to do them.  Do you know if your ER stocks a size 1 LMA?  Now's the time to figure it out, not once the patient is staring you in the face (probably wide eyed).  This month we are fortunate enough to be joined by the esteemed Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill who is the creator and lead investigator on the Pediatric Readiness Project.  We now know from a decade of research that 30% of hospitals in the US are missing the equipment needed to take care of these patients do you work at one of those????


Dr. Gauche Hill would like to thank:  Dr. Kate Remick, The Federal EMS for Children Program Director Elizabeth Edgerton, National EMS for Children Data Analysis and Resource Center, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, the Emergency Nurses Association, State of California EMS Authority, and all the EMS for Children’s Coordinators in the US and its territories.

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Rich Levitan's Yellowstone Critical Care Airway Course - May/June 2014

See you in CABO!!!  The new Podcaster's CME conference put on by EB Medicine:

Cabo CME Course - Levitan, Weingart, Mike & Matt, Orman and Sloas

Cabo CME Video

Podcast 22 ~ Pediatric Readiness