Peter Antevy, MD, an EMS medical director and pediatric emergency physician in Southeast Florida, presented on the psychology of prehospital pediatric resuscitation.
Peter cited numerous research studies, the most striking of which was the out-of-hospital pediatric cardiac arrest survival rate, which hasn’t changed in over 30 years. He then used evidenced based psychological data to unlock the hidden secret behind prehospital provider anxiety during pediatric calls.
Some additional key points from Peter’s lecture were:
- Pediatric resuscitation outcomes for out-of-hospital pediatric arrest have not changed in over 30 years.
- System 1 thinking is critical for performing well in a critical situation, yet pediatric care is predominantly System 2 thinking.
- The pit crew approach to CPR in pediatrics is critical and the technique was described.
- ACLS and PALS should not be thought of as 2 different courses.
EMS providers should view kids as little adults!