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Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator - generally speaking someone who acts as a champion for pediatric emergency care within a system or several systems.
The Institute of Medicine report "Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains" recommends EMS agencies and EDs appoint a PECC to provide pediatric leadership and while this individual need not be dedicated solely to this role they are necessary to advocate for improved competencies and availability of resources for pediatric patients.
In a study published in 2015 Gausche-Hill, et al. showed an association between the presence of a PECC and an increase in pediatric preparedness. The PECC can serve as a leader in the system or facility, a point of contact for updates on pediatric care and liaison with other PECCs.
The role of a PECC is flexible based on the resources and needs of the system(s). Some tasks may include promoting pediatric CEs, working with the NH EMS for Children Program to collect data on pediatric care and ensure availability of appropriate tools and equipment.
For a more thorough list of possible tasks check out MACEP PECC Role.
The EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center just put out nationally-based resources for PECCs!! They include access to free simulation equipment, scenarios and a disaster triage game. Their page is here.
MACEP's PECC toolkit has additional information, guidelines and great training videos on pediatric care.
Have additional questions or would you like to act as your system's PECC?
Contact us at NHPediatricEMS@gmail.com
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