NEWS | July 22, 2020

Children’s Miracle Network donations help fund community hospital outreach program

PACES provides education and outreach to pediatric care teams outside UC Davis Children’s Hospital

(SACRAMENTO)

Community hospitals treat children with a variety of conditions, but often these facilities don’t have pediatric emergency trained physicians on staff. That's where PACES (Pediatric Acute Care Education Sessions) at UC Davis Health provides valuable assistance. 

The PACES education program provides pediatric care guidelines, education and implementation support to community hospitals. The PACES education program provides pediatric care guidelines, education and implementation support to community hospitals.

This peer-to-peer virtual education program provides pediatric care guidelines, education and implementation support to community hospitals. UC Davis Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with UC Davis Health’s Regional Affiliations and Outreach, was awarded a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) grant to develop short instructional videos, or “just-in-time” videos, so nurses can access this resource as needed. The first video produced thanks to the CMN grant was Infant IV Placement.

The PACES team worked closely with community hospital partners to prioritize education topics. Recent webinars included diabetic ketoacidosis, head trauma and BRUE, Brief Resolved Unexplained Event when an infant younger than one year stops breathing. In addition to clinical guidelines and education topics, community partners also idenitified the need for other resources like the "just in time" video series.

With the support of the CMN, additional instructional videos will be developed to meet the needs of community hospital partners, as well as revamp the PACES website, which will provide pediatric education resources and assist local hospitals in improving quality of care and outcomes.

The next PACES session will be a shared learning session on COVID-19 from the pediatric perspective. This July 27 session is scheduled from 12-1 p.m. to share planning strategies in a structured, topic-based roundtable discussion about the pandemic and surge. This PACES session will also provide the opportunity for health care providers to offer each other support and comradery during this uncertain time.

The intended audience is physicians who care for pediatric patients in acute care settings. For more information, please contact Charlaine Hamilton at chamilton@ucdavis.edu.

For more information about PACES, please visit https://health.ucdavis.edu/regional-outreach/PACES.html.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients, as well as a level I children’s surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.