EMSC Webinars

The webinar Enhancing Pediatric Emergency Care: Implementing Systems of Pediatric Care to Improve Access to Specialty Resources held on Wednesday, May 27, has been archived. This program highlighted practices and lessons learned from implementing systems of pediatric care in Montana and Arizona. Specifically, Jim DeTienne and Tomi St. Mars, MSN, RN, discussed the implementation of telehealth and facility recognition programs to bridge gaps in access to specialty resources; the use of protocols, algorithms, and other educational methods as well as the formation of professional partnerships to support these efforts; and the importance of cultural considerations in such systems of care.


The following courses are designed to help improve disaster response in the state of Tennessee. The courses are for families and for healthcare and other professionals who may be expected to respond in the event of large-scale disasters. Each course has a pediatric focus in keeping with the mission of TN EMSC, however much of the information applies equally well in non-pediatric situations.

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Acknowledgements for Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Educational Toolbox:

The origin of the Pediatric Disaster Educational Toolboxes evolved when Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children (TN EMSC) Foundation and Committee on Pediatric Emergency Care (CoPEC) Committees recognized that additional educational material was needed for pediatric planning and management for school professionals, public, pre-hospital and other health care professionals. Furthermore, it became apparent that in some areas, children with mental and functional needs were being excluded from pediatric disaster planning and drills.

We would like to thank the members of the Pediatric Disaster Committee, which is a TN EMSC foundation sub-committee, for all of their expertise and dedication. Furthermore, we would like to recognize those attended multiple conference calls and reviewed course content to discuss the Pediatric Disaster Educational Toolboxes contents, with sincere gratitude to: Thom Abramo, MD, Jamie Blackwell, MD, Beth Broering, RN, Anne Cowan, RN, Laureen Driscoll, RN, Shelia Duncan, RN, Diana Eckroth, RN, Barry Gilmore, MD, Kenneth Holbert, MD, Carolyn Jackson, RN, Mark Meredith, MD, James O’Donnell, MD, Rhonda Phillippi, RN, Evelyn Pelletier, Jennifer Radtke, RN, Sheri Smith, RN, Barb Shultz, RN, Martha Snow, RN, and Rita Westbrook, MD.

In addition, we would like to express our appreciation to all of the authors and webmasters who researched, reviewed, edited and coordinated the eight Pediatric Disaster Educational Toolboxes topics.

All of this would not be possible without funding provided by the Tennessee Department of Health Hospital Preparedness Program. Finally, we dedicate these courses to the healthcare professionals who care and treat the unique pediatric population.