Emergency Medical Services for Children Conference

Woman: …”and we’re still at 88. We’re
dropping you guys. Heart Rate is going up”…. Music For veteran EMT professional Lois Losenegger,
working with patients comes naturally as she’s been doing it for more than 20 years Lois: “I’m not getting a pulse” However, despite her extensive background
in emergency care at Belleville Emergency Medical Services, helping children can still
be a difficult situation. Lois:
“Kids tend to hold things in, they don’t tell you everything. They are afraid to tell
you something. So getting a story out of them or finding out what is really wrong is hard
work.” Losenegger joins 44 other participants at
the UW-Madison Health Sciences Learning Center for the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services
For Children Conference. The Conference… sponsored by the Wisconsin
Emergency Medical Services for Children and University of Wisconsin … provides participants
with simulations to learn best practices in emergency care for kids. Dr. Ross:
“Providing them with nine different sessions where they can actually go through and practice
skills on airway management and CPR and also simulations on seizing patients and kids with
cardiac arrest and kids with special health care needs and various other problems they
may run in to. ” Dr. Ross and other health professionals teach
attendees using UW-Madison’s Clinical Simulation facility that provides students with high-specialized
Manikins and virtual reality training. Lois:
“I think the more realistic you can make it, the more you take it seriously. You go
“oh, wow, I can see that chest rising” or you look in their eyes and the eyes dilate.
You go, “oh yea, wow, I can see what I am doing is right or it is not so working.”
So, I have to try something and think out of the box.” This training is not only for designed professionals
with extensive years in the field. It is also designed to help students like Chuck Piper. Chuck:
“I am with the Montfort rescue squad. It is a volunteer organization.” Piper has been volunteering for about a year.
Although, he received basic training, he said opportunities to learn about emergency care
of children are few and far between. Chuck:
“Montfort is kind of a rural area. It is 20 minutes for anywhere. I think it is good
to be aware that children have different needs and they are a special case. Personally I
wanted to be ready because I don’t want to ever mess up on a child. That would be
terrible. ” Students involved in the course say no matter
what their level of expertise, the conference has enhanced their ability to help children
in need. Dr. Ross:
“I know that I have learned more from my mistakes than anything I have ever done right.
And if you can make a mistake on a piece of plastic as opposed to a real patient and be
able to hold on to that and take that experience to take better care of real patients that
is the real goal.” Lois:
“I would recommend it highly to anybody who wants to come in and have their skills
at their highest.”

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