Saving children requires a different approach.
Approximately 12,500 children suffer cardiac arrest annually in the United States. Take Heart America boosts the quality of pediatric care through a detailed understanding of what makes pediatrics more difficult. Take Heart America integrates a group of pediatric care experts who are committed to excellence in care driven by innovative education, data collection and continuous quality improvement. Together, we can proactively save lives and make communities safer.
Children in cardiac arrest require the same high-quality treatments as their adult counterparts. For decades, the gap between adult and pediatric care has increased for reasons unrelated to the science of resuscitation, but to Human Factors Engineering, the science of how providers translate knowledge into action.
Pediatric and Adult Drug Algorithms
The determination of the correct dose of cardiac medications can be challenging especially in infants and small children. One-size-fits-all medication references require that providers calculate dosages rapidly and lead to a significant increase in medication errors. Recent data has demonstrated a 49% medication discordance between the length-based tape and standard EMS protocols. Customized dosing guides (printed or mobile app) are now available to assist in determining the correct dose of a variety of medications to avoid mistakes and improve outcomes. Age-based resuscitation drug protocols are as effective as the length-based tape and allow providers to determine dosing prior to arrival on scene.
Removing the non-medical barriers in pediatric care opens the door to elevated confidence and high-quality care, resulting in improved outcomes.
As a Take Heart America partner, your site has access to pediatric resuscitation specialists and cutting-edge resources to increase survival rates through:
• Improved community CPR response
• Improved dispatch protocols
• Improved dispatch assisted CPR (T-CPR)
• More efficient and rapid first response
• Quality CPR with feedback tools
• Improved CPR delivery systems that increase the likelihood of survival
• Improved airway management
• Rapid intra-osseous drug delivery
• Continuous ETCO2 monitoring
• Customized pediatric drug algorithms
• Extended scene minimum 20-30 min.
• Initiation of therapeutic temperature management
• O2 stat and BP monitoring
• Collect performance data
• Transport to specialized pediatric centers
• Performance and outcome data collection, analysis, feedback and monitoring