Did you know that pediatric medication dosing is based on weight and not a standard dose like adults receive?
We have started a campaign to purchase pediatric scales that lock in kilograms for hospitals throughout Tennessee that need help purchasing this new equipment. Pediatric dosing errors is one of the leading medical mistakes and by having a scale that locks in kilograms, it eliminates any math or conversions when providers need to determine the correct medicine the child needs.
Medication errors is one of the leading medical errors providers make, we're working to eliminate this from occurring.
There have been 833 medication dosing tools purchased and given to EMS across the state of Tennessee. 559 EMS agencies are still waiting for their copy! One book is needed for each ambulance and this provides a resource for EMS providers when they are in the field during an emergency situation to ensure they are providing the correct amount of medication to a pediatric patient.
There is no safe way to transport a pediatric patient in the back of an ambulance...or is there?
Unlike child car seats used in automobiles which must meet rigorous safety standards developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are no such requirements for child transport devices used in ambulances. Further, industry experts agree the testing criteria for child seats designed for automobiles do not apply to the patient compartment of an ambulance. It is recommended, not mandated, that EMS providers utilize devices specifically designed for child transport in ambulances.
In order to ensure safe transport of pediatric patients, CECA has decided to embark on a project to help outfit every ambulance in our state with a pediatric transport device to keep our children safe when riding in the back of an ambulance.