Doing so will help all agencies to feel comfortable and confident when a pediatric call comes through dispatch. Whether your agency is urban, rural, volunteer or paid, various staffing models can fit your need to establish a PECC.
A PECC is an individual or individuals responsible for coordinating pediatric-specific activities for your agency. Whoever your agency designates as the PECC(s) will be responsible for the following:
- Being a resource for education on pediatric medications, equipment, and supplies.
- Promoting and sharing pediatric continuing-education opportunities.
- Encouraging pediatric simulations and/or hands-on pediatric skills assessments.
- Encouraging fellow providers to follow pediatric clinical-practice guidelines.
PECCs are simply a resource for enhancing pediatric care within the agency and thus do NOT need to have any special certifications. They should, however, be compassionate about promoting and encouraging the members in their agency to practice and be knowledgeable in pediatric emergency care. This could be done by establishing quarterly pediatric skills trainings, offering education sessions within the agency, or by promoting any pediatric training (regionally or statewide) that your members could attend.
If you have any questions, you can reach out to PECC Program Coordinator Abbe Mostowy at firstname.lastname@example.org.