Paediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group
Role of the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group:
The Paediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group was formed in 2011 as an initial writing group for the document ‘International Standards of Care for Children in Emergency Departments’.
Objectives of the Group
- Promote the sharing of information amongst Emergency Physicians and Paediatric Emergency Physicians, relating to all aspects of caring for children in Emergency Departments
- Promote networking of interested individuals around the world
- Promote co-working between paediatricians and Emergency Physicians
- Provide advice and information to all member organisations, using the IFEM 2012 publication “Standards of Care for Children in Emergency Departments” as a foundation
- To act as a contact point and be a resource for project work relating to paediatric care, within IFEM
- Promote collaboration and best practice in education and training in the field of Paediatric Emergency Care
Expressions of interest are invited from IFEM Members to join the Special Interest Group. Nominations by your organisation, or self-nominations by individuals within your organisation, should be forwarded to the IFEM Secretariat via the contact form.
Dr Camilo Gutierrez | Chair
American College of Emergency Physicians
Committee work and achievements
PEM RoadMap Project
Led by Camilo Gutierrez (USA) and Baljit Cheema (South Africa)
The purpose of the PEMSIG RoadMap is to develop a document to help countries who are in the process of developing paediatric emergency care by outlining an approach to evolution of the necessary steps to establish a well-organized and self-sustainable PEM structure, and be recognized by that nation’s government and professional healthcare networks. This project is still ongoing and we hope to have specific outcomes before the 2020 Buenos Aires International Conference on Emergency Medicine.
PEM Standards Revision
Led by Dr Rodrick Lim (Canada)
The standards document is a template for the Care of Children Internationally in developed and developing Countries. We proudly announced the completion of this latest revision expanding to 25 chapters and 168 pages. The document is complete and sent for final stamp by the IFEM Board. The next step will be the translation of the project in different languages.
PEM Education Curriculum
Led by Dr Rahim Valani (Canada)
The PEMSIG group also completed the development of an international paediatric emergency medicine consensus document that focuses on clinical presentations, procedural skill sets, and professionalism. The document was completed and will be an addendum to the IFEM’s general emergency curriculum documents offering guidance on what would be considered essentials for the safe and competent management of paediatric emergencies by any clinician, not necessarily only those PEM trained.
Paediatric Emergency Research Networks (PERN)
Led by Prof Franz Babl (Australia)
PERN was initially established in 2009 and is comprised of representative hospitals from the major national and international Paediatric Emergency Medicine research networks located in Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America, and Australasia. These networks are: Research in European Paediatric Emergency Medicine (REPEM), Paediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) in the US, Paediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PEM CRC), Paediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC), Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT) in Australia and New Zealand, Paediatric Emergency Research in the United Kingdom & Ireland (PERUKI) and Red de Investigación de la Sociedad Española de Urgencias de Pediatría / Spanish Paediatrirc Emergency Research Group (RISEUP / SPERG). Together the research networks have access to data from over 2 million paediatric emergency presentations per annum, to over 100 hospitals, in four of the six World Health Organization (WHO) regions. We are also collaborating with the South American network Red de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Emergencia Pediátrica Latinoamericana (RIDEPLA). The mission of PERN is to perform meaningful and scientifically rigorous international collaborative research in paediatric emergency medicine, fill the gaps in research, and develop new research streams and fostering networks with a focus on multi-site, multi-country projects. PERN has published a dozen research papers to date including in Paediatrics, Paediatric Emergency Care, British Medical Journal, Journal of Paediatrics and European Journal of Emergency Medicine.
There are several ongoing projects: Global Paediatric Emergency Poisoning surveillance System (S. Mintegi in Spain), Pharmacotherapy Practice Patterns and Outcomes in Bronchiolitis (S. Schuh, Canada), Paediatric Emergency Critical Skills and PERN Asthma Studies (S. Craig, Australia), Community-Acquired Pneumonia (T. Florin/N. Kuppermann, USA) and a Survey on diagnostic errors (P. Mahajan, USA).
Resources and Training
Collection of FOAMED resources relevant to Paediatric Emergency Medicine
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