COPPER

Resources to Support Your Emergency Department's Pediatric Readiness

Please be sure to modify all resources to align with your hospital's policies and protocols, as necessary, and have them reviewed by hospital leadership and/or safety committees prior to implementation. Any commercial resources listed are provided only as examples and should not be considered endorsements by the COPPER program or by EMS for Children Colorado.

 

PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY CARE COORDINATORS


The Role of the Nurse and Physician PECC:

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COMPETENCIES FOR ED HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS


Competency Evaluation:

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS): Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS): Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS): Mobile Pediatric Simulation-Based Education: Emergency Pediatric Procedures (useful how-to videos): Pediatric Education Curriculum:
  • Coming soon!
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PEDIATRIC PATIENT AND MEDICATION SAFETY IN THE ED


Weighing Children in Kilograms:

Pediatric Vital Signs: Safe, Weight-Based Medication Administration: Age-Appropriate Communication: Click to view COPPER Requirements for Pediatric Patient and Medication Safety




POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND PROTOCOLS


Intake and triage assessment:

Pediatric patient assessment: Documentation of vital signs and identification of abnormal vital signs: Immunization status and management: Sedation and analgesia:
  • Sample policy on pediatric procedural sedation/analgesia
  • In cases where emergent sedation is needed, sites may consider calling either of the following to get recommendations from a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician:
    • Children’s Hospital Colorado OneCall, 720-777-3999 (Aurora) or 719-305-3999 (Colorado Springs)
    • Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, 1-844-934-RMHC or 1-844-934-7642
Consent: Social and Behavioral Health: Use of Restraints: Child Maltreatment: Death of a Child in the ED: DNR Orders: Family-Centered Care: Communicating with the Primary Care Provider: Disaster Preparedness: Interfacility Transfers: Monitoring of the Pediatric Patient: Click to view COPPER policy, procedure, and protocol requirements




CLINICAL PATHWAYS, REFERENCE TOOLS, AND GUIDES


Clinical Pathways:

Pediatric Assessment: Triage: Urgent Access: Immunizations:




PEDIATRIC EDUCATION RESOURCES


Upcoming Pediatric Education Events:

Care of Pediatric Patients in the Acute Care Setting: Treatments and Innovations for the Delivery of Pediatric Medicine: Emergency Pediatric Procedures (useful how-to videos): Mobile Pediatric Simulation-Based Education: Telesimulation: Congenital Cardiac Defects: Newborn Delivery:




EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES


Equipment Location:

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