Gauging the impact of Pediatric education on Paramedics’ knowledge

Vernon Naidoo, Guillaume Alinier

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Background: A high level of emergency medical care is now expected from paramedics dealing with the sick and injured, including pediatric patients. 1,2 Very little is known of the paramedics’ perception of competency and of pediatric prehospital education and training, which is so critical to improve a paramedics’ knowledge and performance of important skills. 2,3 The purpose of this study was to determine if pediatric training resulted in a change in knowledge among paramedics from Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Service (HMCAS). Methods: A mixed-methods research approach was adopted to explore diverse perspectives. A comparison of all pre and post-test results for a pediatric Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course was conducted during the study period to determine whether knowledge was gained by paramedics. A survey was also used to conduct a retrospective analysis of the paramedics’ perception of pediatric training and to review their perceived level of competency. Results: The pediatric CPD course (Table 1) was conducted 33 times between January and November 2019. The average score difference between the pre and post-test indicates a gain in knowledge post-training across the participants (n = 51). The survey results (n = 33) revealed that there was an overall positive perception of the CPD course by paramedics and the impact it had on their learning and learning styles. Active learning strategies and hands-on practice were the recommended modalities by participants. The key findings are presented in Figure 1. Conclusion: HMCAS paramedics provided positive feedback on their pediatric training opportunities. Evaluating the effectiveness of all training provides valuable insight towards the improvement of the activity. Educators should have a fair knowledge and understanding of adult learning principles and the application of effective teaching and learning strategies when developing any CPD activity. Lastly, continual advances in patient care need to be reflected in all training programs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Acute Care
Issue number1
Early online date8 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


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