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Magical Pediatric Patient Assessment (#31daysofCE)

Dr. Mike Pitt was a magician before he was a pediatrician, but he still uses some of the magic tricks he learned as a child with the children he assesses and treats. “Magic Mike” was a the guest on the EMSEduCast – the podcast by and for EMS educators – last week. During the show he discussed some of his keys for pediatric patient assessment that will be beneficial to any Everyday EMS Tips reader. He also discussed his recent trip to Tanzania to teach (he told us he learned more than he could have imagined before his trip) medical students at the country’s only children’s hospital.

Visit the EMSEduCast site to listen to the interview with Magic Mike, subscribe to the podcast, and listen to past episodes.

Other continuing education resources on pediatric patient assessment and treatment include:

1. Pediatric patient assessment, pediatric airway management, and pediatric fluid administration are the subject of a three-part continuing education lesson for EMTs and Paramedics at The lessons were written by paramedic, EMS educator, and father Greg LaMay.

2. The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles has produced a four-part series on pediatric patients and disasters. The course description states “The material in this online course presents critical information that will enable health care workers to effectively prepare for and manage pediatric patients involved in a disaster. Understanding the unique needs of children is essential in order to address their specific needs and provide appropriate care and treatment. The theoretical risk of a disaster is, no doubt, going to be an eventual reality. Learning the pediatric, disaster specific material in this course, will substantially help you, your family and institution.”

3. The National Association of EMTs (NAEMT) Emergency Pediatric Care course is delivered in two version. One version involves viewing a series of online lessons before attending a day of skills training and competency assessment. The online lessons were developed by a committee of subject matter experts, including Dr. Lou Romig, and produced by

4. The Virginia Department of Child Protective Services offers an online training, CWS5692: Mandated Reporters: Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect – …. While the information is likely specific to VA EMS the content is probably generally applicable to EMTs and paramedics anywhere. The training is “self-paced, interactive, online course offers an overview of the signs of child abuse and neglect and the responsibilities of reporting. After taking this course, mandated reporters will know what to do when they suspect child abuse and/or neglect and the steps that need to be taken to report their suspicions.”

This is the 9th post in the Everyday EMS Tips 31 Days of Continuing Education series.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.