A Prehospital Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC)
is an individual(s) responsible for coordinating pediatric-specific activities. A designated individual who coordinates pediatric emergency care does not need to be dedicated solely to this role; it can be an individual already in place who assumes this role as part of their existing duties. The individual may be a member of your agency or work at a county or regional level and serve more than one agency.
The goal of establishing a PECC is to designate someone to be a pediatric champion and always keep in mind the pediatric perspective within their agency or region. Studies have found an association between the presence of a PECC and an increased level of preparedness for pediatric emergencies.
Some responsibilities of the individual who might fulfill the PECC role include, but are not limited to:
• Ensures that the pediatric perspective is included in developing EMS protocols.
• Ensures that fellow EMS providers follow pediatric clinical practice guidelines.
• Promotes pediatric continuing education opportunities.
• Oversees pediatric-process improvement.
• Ensures the availability of pediatric medications, equipment and supplies.
• Promotes agency participation in pediatric prevention programs.
• Promotes agency participation in pediatric research efforts.
• Coordinates with the emergency department pediatric emergency care coordinator.
• Promotes family-centered care at the agency