Update paramedics on new PEPP course

The PEPP course (Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers) is the first national pediatric education course for basic and advanced prehospital providers. The course includes training in caring for special-needs children.

"It is case-based and provides a great opportunity for hands-on experience in skill stations," says Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, FAAP, director of emergency medical services at Harbor-University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center in Torrance, CA. Gausche-Hill is one of the developers of the course.

The course was started in March 2000 and is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics. "This is a continuing education course, but EMS educators are integrating it into the primary curriculum for paramedics," she notes.

The PEPP course is designed for first responders, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics, says Gausche-Hill. The course content focuses on how prehospital professionals can better assess and manage ill or injured children, and it includes case-based lectures, discussions about caring for children with special health care needs, and training in skills including tracheostomy care, she adds.

A resource manual ($35), PEPP text ($36.95), CD-ROM toolkit ($195), and slide set ($195) are available. For more information, contact Kim Brophy, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776. Telephone: (800) 832-0034 or (978) 443-5000. Fax: (978) 443-8000. E-mail: info@jbpub.com. Web: www.PEPPsite.com.