The PECC+ project was developed with the goal of expanding upon an existing pediatric EMS initiative in North Carolina that provides personalized feedback on EMS provider’s pediatric performance compared to statewide benchmarks. With approximately 10% of EMS calls being for pediatric patients nationally, and often even fewer in rural EMS systems, many EMS providers struggle with reduced confidence and lower pediatric readiness scores due to their lower pediatric call volume.
Over the years, many studies have shown that quality improvement initiatives in medicine can take up to two decades to be taken up in the field. The PECC+ project hopes to overcome this barrier by bridging the gap between the researchers who formulate the guidelines, and the providers on the ground. The approach? Bringing pediatric training and resources directly to the field by employing PECCs in 10 rural North Carolina EMS systems.
What are PECCs? Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators (or PECCs for short) are individual(s) who are responsible for coordinating pediatric specific training and protocols. When utilized in emergency departments, PECCs have been successful in improving pediatric preparedness. The intent of developing the PECC role within EMS systems is to achieve this same goal of increased pediatric readiness, especially in rural and lower resource systems. This project will implement a focused program of performance improvement feedback tools, educational and training resources, and a comprehensive online system that will support this new PECC role in ten low-resource, rural EMS Systems in North Carolina.
Want to Learn More About PECCs?
PECC+ online courses are designed to both educate and assess EMS provider knowledge of pediatric protocols and empower EMS administrators to utilize PAR results to guide and improve provider performance in understudied areas of pediatric care. There is also an introductory course that informs providers on how to fully understand and utilize their performance adherence reports (PARs).
You can access these online courses and earn state-certified CEUs by clicking the “Online Training Courses” option at the top of this page.
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