Wins Federal EMSC Heroes Award
Hires Two New DLSP Staff
PEPP Course Coordinator numbers increase
in the News
Poison control centers have the capability to follow up with continuing
reassessment by telephone.
Never use ice, cold water, fans, or alcohol baths to cool a feverish
Volume resuscitation in pediatric trauma is controversial. Recent
studies suggest that rapid administration of crystalloid fluids
to adult patients with internal bleeding may worsen outcome after
How long does it take receive the course completion cards in the
mail after I submit the roster?
We have a 2-3 day turn around time to approve your roster and we
mail cards every Thursday. Check the status of your roster online
by logging onto www.PEPPsite.com
to see when the cards were mailed. IMPORTANT: Make sure your roster
is "submitted" and not just "saved". We cannot view and approve
rosters you have saved for later editing. Only after you submit
the roster can we see it in your file. If you have questions, please
call us at 800/433-9016 ext 4795.
I lost my password. What do I do?
If you call the Division of Life Support Programs at 800/433-9016
ext 4795 we can reset your password.
CONGRESS FOR CHILDHOOD EMERGENCIES
April 15 -17, 2002, Adam's Mark Hotel
will address the entire system of pediatric emergency care, including
patient safety and quality improvement, prehospital and emergency
department clinical care, injury and violence prevention, and disaster
CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
October 19-23, 2002, Marriott Copley Place
for more information.
EMSC PEPP COURSES
ALBANY, NEW YORK
MAY 18-19, 2002, CROWNE PLAZA DOWNTOWN.
AAP and EMSC
have combined forces to bring PEPP to NYS. During EMS Week 2002,
two courses will be held: one in Albany, and one in western New
York (possibly Buffalo). Call AAP at 800/433-9016 ext. 4795 for
in the News:
training a large number of prehospital providers in PEPP to prepare
for the Olympic games next year!
14-year-old completed PEPP BLS course -PEPP Renewal course to roll-out
at the 3rd National Congress on Childhood Emergencies
AAP and NYS EMSC plan on two PEPP courses during EMS Week 2002
PEPP course in San Francisco held in conjunction with the AAP's
National Conference and Exhibition 2001
Plans are developing between Florida EMSC and AAP to bring another
PEPP course to the area
Utah EMSC travels to Wyoming to train a large group of PEPP Course
PEPP roll-outs in England. Read the complete
PEPP Wins Federal EMSC Heroes Award
The US Department
of Health and Human Services Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)
Program has announced Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals
(PEPP) as the winner of the prestigious 2001 National Emergency Medical
Services for Children Heroes Award for Innovation in EMSC Product/Program
The American Academy
of Pediatrics (AAP) and its PEPP Steering Committee are honored that the
program has received this significant recognition. "We are still on cloud
9. This is a fantastic tribute to the cast of thousands who created and
built this course", said Ronald Dieckmann, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACEP, chair
of the PEPP Steering Committee and Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
at San Francisco General Hospital. "Our goals with the PEPP Program are
to teach prehospital professionals (paramedics and emergency medical technicians
- EMTs) what is unique about children, discuss pediatrics illnesses and
injuries, practice skills, and foster a sense of confidence in approaching
J. Dennis Hastert,
the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives said in a congratulatory
letter to the AAP, "With this program, EMTs and paramedics will know how
to better treat and care for children, and therefore, be more likely to
save their lives...I applaud you for your commitment to better medical
care for our country's children. Because of your hard work and compassion,
our nation will have healthier children and happier parents.
Released in March 2000, the first "Train the Trainer" PEPP course was
offered in Baltimore, Maryland, in conjunction with the EMSC Second National
Congress of Childhood Emergencies. Another seven cities across the country
took part in the national rollout of the program. "The response we have
had so far has been great," noted Linda Lipinsky, Director of the Division
of Life Support Programs at the AAP. "From the eight national roll-out
we held last year, there have already been over 700 local courses given
throughout the country." A searchable database of all PEPP course coordinators
and a list of upcoming PEPP courses are available at www.PEPPsite.com.
Ever since PEPP "hit
the streets" it has received an incredible amount of positive response.
So positive, in fact, that the United Kingdom recently asked the AAP to
bring the course to them. With the help of the UK office of Jones and
Bartlett Publishers, PEPP hit their streets September 20-28, 2001 with
2 PEPP "Train-the-Trainer" roll-out courses in Maidstone and Stoke on
Various Chief Training
Officers in England selected each participant through a competitive application
process. A variety of specialties were represented such as Nurses, Paramedics,
Fire Fighters, Doctors, and Resuscitation Officers.
The whirlwind 8-day
trip included 2 stops on opposite sides of the country. The first stop
was in Maidstone, which is near the southeast coast of England outside
of London. Maidstone Hospital donated the meeting space and some equipment,
as well as helping out with local faculty needs. Thirty participants from
across the lower part of England participated in this course and are now
PEPP Course Coordinators.
The second course
was scheduled for Stoke on Trent, which is located in the northwest part
of England not far from Manchester. Participants in this course traveled
from the rural parts of the United Kingdom and as far away as Ireland.
PEPP creators and
editors Ron Dieckmann, MD, Susan Fuchs, MD, and Dave Burchfield, MD were
to be the primary faculty for both courses. However, due to the tragic
events of September 11, only Susan Fuchs, MD was able to attend. The tremendous
efforts of the UK faculty and the international office of Jones and Bartlett
Publishers kept the course from complete cancellation. Lorna Downing of
Jones and Bartlett's UK office scrambled her resources and coordinated
a quick transatlantic phone training session for the local UK faculty.
Dr. Dieckmann, PEPP Steering Committee Chairperson, was quite impressed
with the UK coordinator, Victor Nebbiolo, RTO, and after talking with
him on the phone was confident the roll-out would be a great success.
both two-day sessions, Dr. Fuchs arrived home full of positive feedback.
All of the attendees were of the highest caliber and eager to form their
own PEPP courses. Course announcements soon followed and plans have been
set in motion. November 20 & 21, 2001 saw a follow-up course in Stoke
on Trent, and Maidstone Hospital held a course on December 15 & 16. Ireland
has also moved full-speed ahead with its plans for PEPP. April 2002 will
see a series of PEPP courses across the country spurred on primarily by
the England PEPP roll-out participants.
The Academy is thrilled
that PEPP is so widely regarded and that the course is in such great demand.
The fact that this course practically promotes itself is a tremendous
compliment to the cast of hundreds that helped create this dynamic and
innovative program. We are confident that this is only the beginning,
and PEPP's future is bright.
Welcomes New DLSP Staff
Many of you
have known Peggy Hecht, MS as the PEPP manager and Shelia Valadez
as the Division Assistant since the inception of the program. We
recently saw their departure from the PEPP program in July 2001;
the Division of Life Support Programs found Jeff Hummel, the former
EMSC Coordinator from Texas to take over the program. Jeff has spent
the last 11 years working for various types of EMS agencies in both
rural and urban settings and holds a degree in psychology from SUNY
Geneseo. Jeff is currently nearing completion of his nursing degree."Welcome
We are currently
recruiting for a Life Support Staff Assistant to aid with the administrative
duties of the PEPP program.
Elk Grove Village, IL
E-mail is the
#1 way of communicating to our PEPP Course Coordinators. When you
submit a roster, we will e-mail you so that you know we received
it. Once it has been approved, we will e-mail you again. This way
you will know that provider cards for your participants are in tomorrow's
mail. So, be sure we have a correct e-mail address so that you don't
miss out on important information.
Don't use e-mail?
Did you know that many on-line services (i.e.: hotmail.com, yahoo.com,
iwon.com, etc) offer free e-mail service? With many of the free
e-mail service providers you can get your e-mail from any computer,
anywhere, and at anytime. We at the AAP have no email provider preference,
so feel free to use any e-mail service provider that you like. Just
let us know when you pick one out so that we can update your file.
Or better yet, do it yourself at http://www.peppsite.com!
a wealth of resources of PEPP providers. At http://www.peppsite.com,
Course Coordinators can post upcoming courses online, and download
a four color promotional sheet, to help promote upcoming courses.
You can also go online at http://www.peppsite.com
and enter the Course Coordinator database and update your own
PEPP Course Coordinator numbers increase
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Saint Francis Hospital
and Medical Center recently conducted a special PEPP program. Gary Wiemokly,
EMT-P and Tom Russell, EMT-P, both Emergency Medical Service Coordinators
in Connecticut, hosted an ALS level PEPP Course and Course Coordinator
orientation for other EMS Coordinators in the state.
Tom Russell attended
an AAP roll-out of PEPP in 2000, and I, Gary Wiemokly, have been a PEPP
ALS Coordinator for a year. We are both in great demand around Connecticut.
We understood that additional PEPP Coordinators were needed in our state,
and since many of our peers wanted to become Course Coordinators the solution
was a natural. This past August we offered an ALS PEPP Provider Course
along with a Course Coordination orientation. After making the announcement,
the course filled immediately.
Because the participant
pool was full of experienced EMS professionals that coordinate, instruct,
or design educational programs it was a formidable task to present the
PEPP material in an interesting and lively format. The PEPP material needed
to inspire and challenge this unique group of students. A combination
of high quality videos, slides and a good dose of humor maintained their
focus. We also turned the table on them [the other coordinators]. Tom
and I had the students begin to teach the PEPP material to us when they
least expected it. Tom adds, "The process not only helped the students
to better grasp the information, but created a bond that will benefit
PEPP Courses taught by this group". Cooperative planning for PEPP Courses
is already occurring within the group and course offerings should soon
increase in all areas of Connecticut.
For more information
on PEPP in Connecticut, e-mail Gary Wiemokley at GWiemokly@stfranciscare.org.
Edited by Jeff
Ronald Dieckmann, MD
Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine San Francisco General Hospital
Representing the National Association of State EMS Directors
President, Bob Bailey & Associates
RN, BSN, CEN, CCRN
Sherman Hospital, Elgin, IL
Attending Physician, Emergency Services Children's Hospital & Medical
Representing the Neonatal Resuscitation Program
Chief of Pediatrics/Neonatology
University of Florida
Associate Professor and Chief
College of Physician and Surgeons of Columbia Hospital
Representing AAP's Section on Emergency Medicine
Northwestern University Medical School
Representing the American College of Emergency Physicians
Assistant Professor of Medicine
UCLA School of Medicine
Kunz-Howard, RN, MSN, CEN, CCRN
Representing the Emergency Nurses Association
Representing the National Association of EMS Physicians
Clinical Associate Professor Community Health and Family Medicine
University of Florida
Representing the National Association of EMS Educators
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Representing the International Association of Fire Fighters
Florida Professional Fire Fighters
Chief Steve Strawderman
Representing the International Association of Fire Chiefs
Price William County Department of Fire and Rescue
Representing AAP's Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Chair, Professor University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Representing the AAP's Section on Transport Medicine
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine