Trailblazing Emergency Medicine

Sudden health problems are never more frightening than when they involve kids. It can be hard to know when to rush a child to the emergency room – and what to expect when you arrive.

On April 26, 2018, community members joined our clinicians and other care providers for an evening of hands-on learning to discover the latest trends and technology in our emergency rooms.

Our Experts

Jackie Grupp-Phelan MD, Division Chief and Vice Chair for Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Karim Mansour, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director

Innovation Stations

Interactive stations demonstrated the latest technology and care techniques, such as a needleless injection system that uses air pressure to pass a stream of liquid through the skin – virtually pain free.

“I’ve even had a little girl sleep through me putting in her IV,” said nurse Barbi Feldhauser. “That had never happened before.”

Child life specialists shared tactics they use to help kids relax and understand what they are experiencing. These included a stuffed dog with its legs wrapped in multi-colored casts, a colorful “hurricane tube” illumination, and TheraSand, a captivating substance that behaves like wet sand but is dry to the touch.

Point-of-care ultrasound is increasingly being used to assist in decision-making when treating common pediatric emergencies. One of the pioneers in this field, Aaron Kornblith, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at UCSF, shared how this technology gives ER doctors important information about injuries and illnesses much faster – with life-saving results.

“You don’t have to listen to the heart,” he said. “You can look at it now.”


Resources

Pediatric Emergency Medical Care – Oakland

Pediatric Emergency Medical Care – San Francisco

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