EMSC program manager survey on education of prehospital providers

Thuy L. Ngo, Karen Belli, Manish I. Shah

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Abstract

Background. Although pediatric-specific objectives for the initial education of prehospital providers have been established, uniform implementation of these objectives and guidelines for hours of required pediatric continuing education (CE) for prehospital providers have not been established. Objectives. To examine the content and number of hours of pediatric-specific education that prehospital providers receive during initial certification and recertification. Second, to identify barriers to implementing specific requirements for pediatric education of prehospital providers. Methods. Electronic surveys were sent to 55 EMS for Children (EMSC) State Partnership grantee program managers inquiring about the certification and recertification processes of prehospital providers and barriers to receiving pediatric training in each jurisdiction. Results. We had a 91% response rate for our survey. Specified pediatric education hours exist in more states and territories for recertification (63-67%) than initial certification (41%). Limitations in funding, time, instructors, and accessibility are barriers to enhancing pediatric education. Conclusions. Modifying statewide policies on prehospital education and increasing hands-on training may overcome identified barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-428
Number of pages5
JournalPrehospital Emergency Care
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Emergency medical services
  • certification
  • medical education
  • pediatric education
  • prehospital providers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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