It’s essential that your Emergency Department is just as ready for a child to be rolled through your doors by EMS as it is for an adult. Because children have different vital signs, fears, and ways of communicating, we have prepared free resources to help you successfully treat children during an emergency.
Pediatric surge is unique due to the specialized equipment and resources needed for pediatric patients. MDH has identified the need for more pediatric education, training, and a Minnesota Pediatric Surge Plan to ensure our state is capable of responding to a statewide pediatric surge disaster.
You can download a PDF of the updated checklist HERE.
Children’s Minnesota has created a number of clinical practice guidelines for health professionals that highlight an evidence-based approach to the management of certain conditions in order to reduce unwarranted variation in care.
Guidelines are designed to apply to the bulk of patients with a given condition and should be adapted to individual patients based upon clinical judgment and individual situations. To assist providers with real-time decision making, most of the clinical guidelines consist of visual treatment algorithms/pathways, evidence-based order sets, bibliographies and any applicable rules/alerts embedded within the electronic health record.
EMSC works to create awareness about the unique needs of children in emergency medical situations. The following resources are available free of charge.