Welcome to the PECSI Educational Site!

The Pediatric Emergency Care Safety Initiative (PECSI) is a FREE educational program, part of the University of Florida College of Medicine/Jacksonville’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

Here you'll find eight courses to assist healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, EMTs, and paramedics to enhance skills in the recognition and management of high acuity, high-risk pediatric patients in an emergent situation.

NOTE: Due to space limitations on the PECSI server, please note that all accounts not accessed within one year will be deleted. If your account is deleted, you will need to begin the course again as a new user.

CONTINUING EDUCATION INFORMATION

Nurses Only:

ATTENTION NURSES ONLY!

In order to meet Florida Board of Nursing CEU requirements, who is the accrediting agency of nursing CEUs for PECSI, ALL nurses (no matter what state you practice in) must complete the courses in one of 3 ways (or all 8 courses for a total of 7 credits):

  • Complete courses 1, 2, 5, and 8 for 3 credits
  • Complete courses 3 and 4 for 2 credits
  • Complete courses 6 and 7 for 2 credits
  • Or all courses completed = 7 credits

This is due to the fact that the Florida Board of Nursing will only award credits in full hour increments. Therefore, courses can only be completed as listed above for NURSING (nurses seeking credit). NO EXCEPTIONS.

Please be aware that it may take 6-8 weeks for your credits to appear on your CE Broker transcript if you use this program.

General CEU Information:

CEUs are available for the PECSI course, where each course is a self-guided educational experience of text, videos, images, and graphs to assist the adult learner in continuing education. Each course is a stand-alone educational program, but also connects to the others. There are 3 steps to receiving CEU credits: 1) Completion of the course; 2) achieving an 80% passing score on the post test; and 3) the completion of the course feedback questions. Contact information in regard to CEUs are provided on the introduction page of each module.

Please be aware that it may take 6-8 weeks for your credits to appear on your CE Broker transcript if you use this program.

The Florida AHEC Network is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

The Florida AHEC Network designates this enduring program for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Suwannee River AHEC is a Florida Board of Nursing approved provider of Continuing Education credits.

This activity has been approved for up to 7 hours of continuing education credits. CE Broker ID 50-1922.

If you have any questions regarding your CE credits, please contact Brittany Myers at bmyers@srahec.org or 352-493-5305.  Or visithttp://www.srahec.org/pview.aspx?id=1930&catid=70

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Funding

The Pediatric Emergency Care Safety Initiative is funded through a two-year grant awarded to the University of Florida Health Science Center/Jacksonville Department of Emergency Medicine from Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (FMMJUA)

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  • The first course in the curriculum will discuss the justification for developing the PECSI project and website. In addition, specific pediatric emergency care topics will be addressed to help decrease errors and improve care. After completing this course, participants will be able to:

    • Describe epidemiologic issues related to pediatric emergency care;
    • Describe challenges in providing care to pediatric patients in the Emergency Department(ED);
    • Discuss common medical errors when treating children in the ED setting;
    • List training needs for healthcare workers;
    • List recognition tips in regard to critically ill children; and
    • Describe high risk categories in pediatric emergency care.

    This course will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. There is a 7-question quiz. This course will earn .75 CEUs with a passing (80%) grade and the completion of the course feedback. For CME credit Information contact Suwannee River AHEC: http://www.srahec.org/pview.aspx?id=1930&catid=70.

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  • Emergency physicians and nurses are confronted with undifferentiated pediatric patients. From this large group of patients, there are two common pathways which account for the majority of morbidity and mortality in children, namely respiratory failure (RF) and shock. If these conditions are allowed to progress unabated, they can lead to cardiac arrest.

    The task in the evaluation of this large group of undifferentiated patients is to pick out the “sick kid.” This module demonstrates how to do this.

    This course will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. There is a 7-question quiz. This course will earn .5 CEUs with a passing (80%) grade and the completion of the course feedback. For CME credit Information contact Suwannee River AHEC: http://www.srahec.org/pview.aspx?id=1930&catid=70.

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  • Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to describe:

    • The classic signs of respiratory distress and respiratory failure in children versus adults;
    • The pitfalls of BVM ventilation in children;
    • The proper positioning of children during endotracheal intubation;
    • The use of the "internal" and "external" methods to avoid mainstem intubation;
    • The algorithm for use of RSI in children;
    • The use of the CheckPoint System as a "team" in managing RSI in children;
    • Post-intubation care;
    • The recognition and management of the difficult airway in children
    • The use of the LMA in children; and
    • The use of non-invasive ventilation.

    This course will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. There is a 11-question quiz. This course will earn 1.5 CEUs with a passing (80%) grade and the completion of the course feedback. For CME credit Information contact Suwannee River AHEC: http://www.srahec.org/pview.aspx?id=1930&catid=70.

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  • Upon completion of this section, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the different types of shock in children;
    • Describe appropriate treatment and management therapies for children in shock;
    • List assessment modalities for children in shock;
    • Describe therapies for a child in extremis and a child who is poorly perfused;
    • Describe the indications for antibiotic and vasopressor use

    This course will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. There is a 7-question quiz. This course will earn .5 CEUs with a passing (80%) grade and the completion of the course feedback. For CME credit Information contact Suwannee River AHEC: http://www.srahec.org/pview.aspx?id=1930&catid=70.

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  • The objectives of this module are to:

    • Review epidemiology of cardiac arrest in children
    • Understand differences between adult and pediatric cardiac arrest
    • Review treatment algorithms for bradycardia, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), ventricular tachycardia (VT), and ventricular fibrillation (VF)

    This course will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. There is a 7-question quiz. This course will earn .5 CEUs with a passing (80%) grade and the completion of the course feedback. For CME credit Information contact Suwannee River AHEC: http://www.srahec.org/pview.aspx?id=1930&catid=70.

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  • Survival from pediatric arrest is low and many survivors have major neurologic sequelae. Multiple system organ dysfunction or failure is common after successful resuscitation. There are few guidelines for care of children post resuscitation. Continuous reassessment is essential post resuscitation to avoid missing early signs of organ dysfunction or deterioration.

    In some settings, it may take hours to get a child transported to a pediatric intensive care unit after successful resuscitation. The ED Physician and team are responsible for ongoing management until transportation to definitive care.

    This course provides instruction on postresuscitation care and stabilization by system

    This course will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. There is a 7-question quiz. This course will earn .5 CEUs with a passing (80%) grade and the completion of the course feedback. For CME credit Information contact Suwannee River AHEC: http://www.srahec.org/pview.aspx?id=1930&catid=70.

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  • Recent government reports and journal articles cite the increasing challenges faced by ED providers and the inherent systemic risks associated with providing care to ED patients even in the best of circumstances.

    This course will explore the elements of negligence, consent, EMTALA, and specific pediatric legal issues and conclude with communication and proactive strategies that physicians and other care providers can practice to decrease the likelihood that they will be sued.

    • Background and literature review
    • Risk and patient safety concepts in the ED
    • Elements of negligence
    • Consent issues
    • Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)
    • Communication, documentation and risk management strategies
    • Pediatric medical-legal cases

    This course will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. There is a 8-question quiz. This course will earn 1.5 CEUs with a passing (80%) grade and the completion of the course feedback. For CME credit Information contact Suwannee River AHEC: http://www.srahec.org/pview.aspx?id=1930&catid=70.

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  • Between 1996 and 2006, visits to U.S. emergency departments increased by 32% leading to ED overcrowding and boarding of patients. This combined with a high volume of patients seeking episodic care for a wide variety of acute and chronic illnesses and injuries, shortages of healthcare providers, and the complex US healthcare system has set the stage for compromised patient safety and medication errors in the ED.

    We will begin with a review of medication errors in general and then proceed with a study of medication errors in the ED and pediatric ED setting.

    This course will take approximately 75 minutes to complete. There is a 7-question quiz. This course will earn 1.25 CEUs with a passing (80%) grade and the completion of the course feedback. For CME credit Information contact Suwannee River AHEC: http://www.srahec.org/pview.aspx?id=1930&catid=70.

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