(From the November 2014 Issue of MedStat)
As first responders across the globe, U.S. military medical personnel are often charged with the daunting task of caring for critically ill/injured children. Unfortunately, in many cases state-of-the-art pediatric critical care is not an immediately available resource for these front-line providers. In an attempt to bridge this gap, a multidisciplinary team of Nationwide Children’s critical care medicine staff members recently teamed up with their counterparts from Dayton Children’s Hospital and Wright Patterson Air Force Base to deliver the first military hospital Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support (PFCCS) course to a group of U.S. Air Force physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and medics.
Administered through the Society of Critical Care Medicine, PFCCS is an intensive two-day course targeting advanced pediatric resuscitation and stabilization techniques designed for the non-intensivist audience. Representing the first course of its kind, the Nationwide Children’s critical care team was honored to participate in this pioneering collaboration between civilian and military pediatric critical care providers. The Nationwide Children’s critical care team is in the process of bringing the PFCCS course to Nationwide Children's Hospital and eagerly anticipates a continued relationship with Dayton Children’s Hospital and the U.S. military, while continuing to disseminate the same fundamentals to front-line providers across the state.