Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC)

What is EPC?

NAEMT’s Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) course focuses on the care of sick and injured children, addressing a full spectrum of emergency illnesses, injuries and scenarios that an EMS practitioner might encounter. The course provides an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of the most common pediatric emergency issues, and stresses critical thinking skills to help practitioners make the best decisions for their patients.

Who can do this course?

It is for all levels of practitioners with a strong commitment to patient care, including :

  • EMTs
  • Paramedics
  • Nurses
  • Physicians

What is the course content?

EPC uses the Pediatric Assessment Triangle (PAT) as a tool to help EMS practitioners rapidly and accurately assess pediatric patients and incorporates family centered care throughout all scenarios. Training encompasses lectures, hands-on skills practice and small group critical thinking discussions and topics include :

  • Understanding kids
  • Airway
  • Breathing and oxygenation
  • Cardiac emergencies
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Common medical emergencies
  • The importance of family
  • Hypoperfusion and shock
  • Newborn resuscitation
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Special health care needs.

What is the course duration?

sixteen-hour, two-day program

What are the international endorsements associated with the course?

It is accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and is recognized by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT).

How long is the certification valid for?

Students who successfully complete the EPC course will receive a certificate of completion that is valid for four years.