PHM Focus

Schedule at a Glance

Emergencies in the Technology-dependent Child: What Every Hospitalist Should Know

Primary Leader:
Neha Shah

Aisha Davis
Priti Bhansali
Michelle McGarry-Hansen
Sophia Sterner
Jayne Truckenbrod
Valerie Jurgens

Objective 1:
Recognize the potential morbidities unique to technology dependent children

Objective 2:
Evaluate and asses the technology-dependent child with special health care needs experiencing a respiratory, surgical or neurologic emergency

Objective 3:
Discuss the basic anatomy of and complications of medical devices commonly seen in the inpatient setting

Hospitalized technology-dependent children with medical complexity present a unique set of morbidities, some of which may be associated with malfunction of the very devices used to treat them. This workshop is intended to familiarize pediatric hospitalists with the types of emergencies that they are likely to encounter in different settings where they may care for this population. The session will begin with a brief, interactive survey of the audience assessing comfort level with managing various devices. In small breakout groups, participants will rotate through 4 different hands-on stations set up to simulate a complex care emergency and have the opportunity to apply clinical care concepts. Additional time will be spent discussing system strategies that can be implemented to improve in-hospital safety for technolgoy-dependent patients. Participants of this workshop will leave with a toolkit of resources to take back to their home institution