PECCs, Real-Life Superheroes Become a pediatric emergency care coordinator (PECC)

Look, up in the sky!

It's a bird!

No, wait! It's an EMS Pediatric Care Coordinator!

The IOM report "Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains" recommends that EMS agencies and emergency departments (EDs) appoint a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) to advocate and provide pediatric leadership for the organization.

Source: Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System (2007). Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains.

What is a PECC...

...and what do they do?

A Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) is an individual who is a champion for the emergency care of kids for their EMS agency or multiple agencies within their community.

Many of you already engage in Pediatric Emergency Care Coordination responsibilities every day; a PECC can be an individual already in place who assumes this role as part of their existing agency activities.

A PECC is responsible for coordinating one or more of the below list of activities for their agency

  • Communicates safety and healthcare needs of children within their community.
  • Advocates for the pediatric perspective during development of EMS protocols.
  • Promotes pediatric continuing-education, training opportunities and pediatric injury prevention programs.

A PECC is responsible for coordinating one or more of the below list of activities for their agency:

  • Ensures the availability of pediatric medications, equipment and supplies.
  • Participates in pediatric quality improvement activities.
  • Maintains a relationship with the Regional PECC and the EMS for Children Program Coordinator.

A PECC Overview Video

PECCs make a difference!

A recent study found that EMS agencies with an individual or individuals who coordinated pediatric emergency care had an increased frequency of skill-checking of pediatric equipment.

Ready to take the plunge and become a PECC?

Get connected with your regional PECC representative and the Children's Emergency Care Alliance of Tennessee e-mail at cecatn@vumc.org or call 615-343-3672.

Thank you!

This webpage was supported in part by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program H33MC06841-07-02.


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