Once upon a time many years ago, I was privileged to attend a lecture about fever during my initial PEP (before it became the current course known as PEPP) instructor course. It was long enough ago that our instructor materials were given to us on 3.5 inch floppy disks. The title of the lecture was […]
Fussy Grandmother: “Now don’t you drop my grand-baby!” AD (winking at the child’s mother): “We do try to avoid such things, Ma’am. Too much paperwork involved.” FG (huffily) “Well, doesn’t that beat all! You’re more concerned with paperwork than taking care of my granddaughter!” AD: “Taking care of brave, pretty little girls like her is […]
Every year at the Texas EMS Conference, a couple of co-conspirators and I do a skills workshop called "Pediatric ALS Skills: All The Stuff You're Afraid Of, Plus What Actually Works." It's a good class. We fill up all three sessions every year, and get great reviews. We've gotta add some stuff to it this […]
But in my years as a medic, I’ve learned a few techniques to minimize the muss and fuss of poking squirming children with sharp objects: First, minimize the lag time between telling the kid about a painful procedure and actually doing it; second, bribery works; and third, use the bevel-down IV technique.