Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospital course enhances skills and confidence in Paediatric Emergency Care

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) staff have taken part in Paediatric Emergency Treatment and Advanced Life Support (PETALS), a new practical course aimed at providing participants with an introduction to managing paediatric emergencies.

The course was developed to improve emergency care of sick children and is aimed for senior registered nurses, residents and registrars working in paediatric areas and who respond to paediatric emergencies. 

WSLHD Paediatric Clinical Nurse Consultant Tanya Stewart said the Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospital (BMDH) course has been tailored to provide a practical, hands-on study day to upskill and build confidence for medical and nursing staff who work in paediatrics, Emergency Department (ED), Clinical Emergency Response System (CERS), after hours Clinical Nurse Educators across BMDH and Auburn hospitals.

WSLHD staff have been provided with a valuable hands-on learning experience following the implementation of the PETALS program at BMDH, which was originally established by Northern Sydney Local Health District.

“This new program was well received at Blacktown Hospital recently and was attended by Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care staff who respond to CERS calls but don’t have paediatric experience,” Tanya said.

The inaugural PETALS course saw 100 per cent of participants stating that the course increased their confidence in dealing with paediatric emergencies and 100 per cent of participants stating that they would recommend this course to their colleagues.

The aim of the course is to prepare nursing and medical staff to recognise the sick child and signs of progressive deterioration and on completion the participants should achieve the following objectives:

  • Recognising the sick child
  • Infant and child advanced airway management
  • Respiratory emergencies specific to paediatric patients
  • Vascular and intraosseous access and fluid management
  • Essentials of teamwork in an emergency

Staff lauded the interactive and dynamic learning experience which helped equip them with confidence and practical knowledge:

I think every medical officer in ED and the Paediatrics ward should complete this course.

PETALS participant

It has been a very valuable and informative day.

PETALS participant

It met all my expectations and more.

PETALS participant

A beautifully crafted program.

PETALS participant

Working with the different cohorts was quite engaging and good learning from each other.

PETALS participant

For further information about the BMDH PETALS course, please contact Tanya Stewart on 0434 606 408.