2018-09-14 / Society

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Children’s Emergency Center achieves Pediatric Ready recognition

Contributed by Palmetto Health


(L-r) Lindsay Dowd, BSN, RN, assistant nurse manager; Elizabeth Sibilia, BSN, RN, nurse manager; Derick Wenning, M.D., medical director; Amanda Felder, BSN, RN, Pediatric Trauma Program manager; and Amanda Harvel, BSN, RN, assistant nurse manager. (L-r) Lindsay Dowd, BSN, RN, assistant nurse manager; Elizabeth Sibilia, BSN, RN, nurse manager; Derick Wenning, M.D., medical director; Amanda Felder, BSN, RN, Pediatric Trauma Program manager; and Amanda Harvel, BSN, RN, assistant nurse manager. The Children’s Emergency Center at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital recently was recognized by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as meeting the criteria for being “Pediatric Ready.”

It is the first (and currently the only) pediatric emergency department in the state to achieve this recognition.

DHEC’s Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMS-C) developed the Pediatric Ready recognition program to ensure every child in South Carolina gets the best care, in every emergency department, every time.

On average, one out of every four emergency visits is a pediatric patient. The Children’s Emergency Center met rigorous requirements in training, equipment, performance improvement, and staff oversight requirements to demonstrate its commitment to provide the highest level of pediatric emergency care. It is a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center and has more than 30,000 visits each year.

“I am proud of the collaborative effort put forth by so many individuals in order to achieve this recognition from DHEC,” said Nurse Manager Elizabeth Sibilia. “Our Pediatric Emergency Department is a phenomenal team of professionals who work closely to take excellent care of more than 30,000 kids each year. Our nurses are nationally board certified in pediatric medicine and go through specific training to prepare for any situation or illness.”

DHEC EMS-C’s goal is to continuously improve and ensure all emergency departments have the equipment and training to care for ill and injured children to meet national standards.

Emergency departments are the point of care for many who enter health care systems. All emergency departments must be prepared to care for pediatric patients and get them to definitive care as appropriate.

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