Results from the Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial (ESETT) were recently published in New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), providing medical directors with a research-centric resource to turn to when epileptic patients don’t respond to traditional benzodiazepines. Specifically, ESETT was an NIH and FDA funded joint effort by the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Network and the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) in … Continue reading Research Analysis: Status epilepticus: Pick your antidote
DALLAS — At the 20th EMS State of the Science, a Gathering of Eagles Conference, RJ Frascone, medical director for Regions Hospital EMS in Minnesota asked the audience whether or not it’s important to intubate kids, particularly those that are not in cardiac arrest. Frascone discussed his agency’s experiences involving pediatric intubation as the organization switched from direct laryngoscope to video laryngoscope. He also challenged … Continue reading Quick Take: Examining pediatric intubation
SAN DIEGO — The use of video games to facilitate training, commonly referred to as gamification, is well-established in many industries, however, its application in healthcare is variable. The Pediatric Research in Disaster Education (PRIDE) team is trying to change that. The team recently presented their research on a video game-based training tool at the National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting. This tool acts as a digital … Continue reading Using video games to improve pediatric disaster education
Recent positon statements on best practices of pain management in the prehospital setting from the National Association of EMS Physicians, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Emergency Medical Services for Children have inspired some EMS agencies to modify their protocols for treating pediatric patients. The study, “Multicenter Evaluation of Prehospital Opioid Pain Management in Injured Children,” evaluates Mecklenberg EMS Agency (Charlotte), Houston Fire Department and Milwaukee … Continue reading Did a protocol change improve pediatric pain management?