Free online course offered to EMS staff


By Philip Sayblack
Staff Writer

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Emergency Medical Services has teamed with the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma to offer emergency medical services personnel across the state a way to advance their training for free.

The Pediatric Airway Management course is being offered free of charge for EMS personnel throughout the state. The decision to host the course was made after a 2014 survey revealed emergency services personnel wanted more training in the area of pediatric airway management, according to a recent press release from the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.

The class is an independent study course, meaning emergency services personnel don't have to register with any educational institutions to take the course. It is a six-part course that covers topics including anatomy and physiology and airway equipment among other topics.

Nash County EMS Training Officer Dale Griffin had positive comments for the course.

“It is a very good class,” Griffin said. “I highly recommend it for all emergency services personnel.”

Griffin said the class stands out because it offers emergency personnel new treatment regiments in the area of pediatric airway management. He added he sent the course link to the rest of the Nash County Emergency Medical Services staff and to personnel at the Rocky Mount Fire Department in case they wanted to take the course.

Griffin said Nash County doesn't see a lot of cases involving the need for pediatric airway management, but stressed that doesn't lessen the class’ importance.

"Cases requiring pediatric airway management are low frequency in Nash County but are still high-risk situations," Griffin said. "You have to be very proficient in handling it because children's airways are so much smaller than those of adults. It makes dealing with cases involving pediatric airway management a very delicate process.”

Bob Gfeller, excutive director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma agreed.

"Emergency medical responders are our first line of defense to save injured kids," Gfeller said. "They need easy and fast access to the latest techniques so they feel confident when they get a call that involves an injured kid. We hope this free online course will help our EMS partners because the right tools can save a child's life."