Our colleagues across the Tasman Sea have produced this superb presentation about prehospital RSI, which is aimed at new members of their HEMS team.
With over half the Auckland HEMS team coming from a hospital that serves age 15 and up (and therefore not dealing with children on a daily basis), prehospital management of paediatric patients is a field to which we must pay considerable attention in our training. Simulation exercises have included paediatric scenarios on several occasions – our thanks to Mike Shepherd and Trish Wood from Starship Hospital for their assistance!
Below are some useful resources regarding prehospital care of paediatric trauma patients:
Podcasts from Dr Jeffrey Guy, Medical Director of PHTLS (right-click to download)
(he has also produced other PHTLS podcasts – found here)
A 2012 review of prehospital paediatric trauma from the Harbourview Medical Centre in Seattle can be found here. Take-home messages: