UC Davis Health offers Pediatric Acute Care Education Sessions to community hospitals

UC Davis Health offers Pediatric Acute Care Education Sessions to community hospitals

UC Davis Health’s Regional Affiliations and Outreach department, in collaboration with UC Davis Children’s Hospital and the Office of Continuing Medical Education, is offering an exciting new education and outreach program for community clinicians who provide care to children. 

Many community hospitals do not have access to pediatric emergency trained physicians, but treat children with a variety of conditions. In an effort to support these partners, a team of UC Davis clinicians, project managers, and leaders formed to discuss how UC Davis Health could not only provide pediatric care guidelines, but also provide education and implementation support. The Pediatric Acute Care Education Sessions (PACES) program gives clinicians the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer learning with pediatricians from UC Davis Children’s Hospital through evidence-based webinars focusing on clinical guidelines and other topics related to pediatric care.

The PACES team worked closely with multidisciplinary workgroups at community hospitals throughout Central and Northern California to identify and prioritize education topics, as well as other pediatric education materials. Completed webinar topics include asthma and bronchiolitis, with diabetic ketoacidosis and sepsis to come. Along with education topics, community hospital teams also discussed the need for guidelines for transfer and when to use telehealth, as well as the need for “just in time” videos that they could share with nurses and physicians about pediatric conditions and needs (i.e. how to place an IV or have age-appropriate discussions with patients). This work is highlighted in an article on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ online Hospital Pediatrics journal called “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Using Nominal Group Technique to Identify and Prioritize Education Topics for Regional Hospitals.”

Community providers also have the opportunity to meet with the PACES team at their hospital for onsite support in implementing clinical guidelines and more focused learning.  In turn, the PACES team is able to work with partners to improve the quality of care and outcomes, and ensure that community and rural hospitals in the region have the resources they need to provide effective care for children.  Participants can also earn complimentary continuing medical education (CME) credit by participating in the live webinar or taking the same course online at CMECalifornia.com.

So far, PACES has reached nearly 30 community hospitals and more than 125 providers.  UC Davis Health intends to continue this collaborative and innovative outreach program as we expand the Children’s Hospital and our affiliations with community partners.

The next PACES session on pediatric diabetic ketoacidosis scheduled for Thursday, April 11 at noon.  For more information about PACES and to register for upcoming sessions, please visit https://health.ucdavis.edu/regional-outreach/PACES.html.