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Community Medical Center trains caretakers in pediatric care

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MISSOULA - Montana has a total of three pediatric ICU’s -- one in Missoula, one in Kalispell and another in Billings.

The Treasure State also has 48 critical access hospitals making it the 8th highest number of those facilities in the US. Critical access facilities make it possible for people who are far away from larger hospitals to receive care sooner rather than later.

Dr. Lauren Wilson -- a pediatric hospitalist at Community Medical Center -- helped organize a course meant to better equip medical personnel to handle instances where pediatric intensive care may be required.

The curriculum for the course was provided by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and as part of the course Dr. Wilson brought in specialists from Seattle to help teach the material.

“Many of these places are not quite ready to take care of children. They don't have the right resources, medications, and training so Lauren’s idea of bringing them here to Community," Director of Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support Dr. Ndidiamaka Musa said.

"An investment that Community Medical Center has placed in this has allowed us to train people so when they go to a critical access hospital they are more comfortable in taking care of pediatric patients," Dr. Musa added.

The course covered each step when it comes to treating young patients to ensure they are taken care of -- whether it's on scene or if they have to be transported to a different hospital.

Dr. Wilson said some of the most important things that will result from this course are that providers will be able to recognize the signs of critical illness and treat children closer to home before they are moved to a larger facility.

According to specialist Treating children takes a lot of skill and whether they're being treated for infection or for trauma it can be very different from treating adults.

"It's always scary treating children. I think it’s easy to put yourself into the parent's position. Plus we're all parents and grandparents and having a sick child come in is it makes you move faster I guess," Registered Nurse Ruth Chambers said.

People from all over the state participated in this training.  The goal was to have someone who’s trained in pediatric fundamental critical care support in every hospital in Montana.

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