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2022: Pediatric Emergency Preparedness Seminar Series

Healthcare Coalition Emergency Management Virtual Seminar
May 10 & 11, 2022



QUESTIONS: please contact the Finger Lakes Regional Training Center


The 2022 Healthcare Coalition Emergency Management Virtual Seminar: WRHEPC Pediatric Emergency Preparedness will provide a broad overview of potential care needs for the pediatric patient involved in an emergency/disaster situation.  The goal is to improve collaboration of the local healthcare community towards the best pediatric care possible. The webinar series will include information for medical, trauma and crisis response specific to the most vulnerable population in any emergency event, children.  

Program Objectives:

  • Recognize healthcare outcomes and advance the care of our pediatric population through pediatric focused education for our community healthcare partners.
  • Identify knowledge in the initial and ongoing treatment of pediatric trauma, respiratory, neurological and infectious disease emergencies.
  • Describe the concepts of surge with specific focus on pediatric implications in a disaster event that are unique to the pediatric population, as well as discuss the impact of those considerations on planning and response efforts.


This virtual seminar is targeted to a broad cross section of Hospital, Diagnostic and Treatment Center professionals, First Responders, Public Health and Emergency Managers that may be involved in any emergency situation requiring emergency response, medical care and short or long term clinical support of children.


The virtual seminar will occur on May 10 & 11, 2022 from 8:30am - 12:00pm.  Each day will include three 1hr presentations.  Registrants can select to attend one or both days.
*topics and speakers subject to change*

May 10, 2022 @ 8:30am - 12:00pm



Welcome/Opening Remarks

Speaker: Arlene Brown, RN, BSN

Clinical Nurse Facilitator for Trauma
PI Registry Nurse
John R Oishei Children’s Hospital


Pediatric Sports Injuries and Concussion

Handouts: PediatricSportsInjuriesConcussionHandouts
Speakers: Sarah E. DiPalma, MD 
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow
University at Buffalo

Matthew Wiese, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow
Oishei Children's Hospital

• Identify symptoms and exam findings consistent with a concussion, as well as ‘red flag’ symptoms that warrant immediate further evaluation.
• Discuss initial management strategies for patients diagnosed with concussion.
• Identify and provide initial stabilization for common pediatric musculoskeletal sports injuries.


COVID-19 Complications and Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 in Children

Handouts: COVID19-ComplicationsInChildrenHandouts
Speakers: Oscar G. Gomez, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University at Buffalo
Objectives: • Describe the most important complication associated with acute COVID-19
• Describe the most common complication after COVID-19 has resolved
• Describe sequelae from COVID-19


Pediatric Neurology/Seizure Management

Handouts: PediatricNeurologySeizureHandouts
Speakers: Arie Weinstock, MD, FAES
Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Peds EEG
Oishei Children's Hospital 

Elizabeth Rosen, MD
Resident Physician
University at Buffalo
Objectives: •  Recognize clinical presentations of pediatric neurological emergencies
•  Understand the principles of management of neurological emergencies in childhood
•  Recognize and appropriately follow protocol for seizures, particularly status epilepticus


Closing Remarks

Speaker: Anne D’Angelo, MS, RN
Program Director, Finger Lakes Regional Training Center
University of Rochester Medical Center

May 11, 2022 @ 8:30am - 12:00pm


Welcome/Opening Remarks

Lauren Wittman, RN, BSN, CCRN-CMC
Pediatric Trauma Program Manager
University of Rochester Medical Center - Kessler Trauma Center


Pediatric Peril: Managing a Child's Airway

Handouts: ManagingChildsAirwayHandouts
Speakers: Jeremy Cushman, MD, MS, EMT-P, FACEP, FAEMS
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chief
University of Rochester Medical Center - Division of Prehospital Medicine
Objectives: • Identify best practices for positioning and suctioning the conscious child
• Describe techniques to optimize ventilation of the unconscious child
• Understand the challenges and risks to pediatric pre-hospital intubation


Pediatric Transport: Complications with Prolonged Inter-facility Transport

Handouts ComplicationsPediatricTransportHandouts
Open Critical Care/Oxygen Supply demand Calendar
Speakers: Ben Sensenbach, EMT-P, FP-C, TP-C
Division of Prehospital Medicine, URMC

Daniel Muller, Chief Pilot
Mercy Flight Central                     
Objectives: • Differentiate between air medical and ground transport capabilities
• Predict logistical complications of long-distance transport
• Anticipate the medical needs of patient's in the out-of-hospital setting


Pediatric Surge Planning


National Commission on Children & Disasters (2010)
Healthcare Preparedness for Children in Disasters (2015)

NSpeaker: Glenn A. Miller, BSAS, NRP
Agency Instructor III - MGT 439 Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
Objectives: • Identify the unique needs of children in disasters
• Identify methods to improve their community’s/agency’s ability to address pediatric surge capacity following a disaster event.
• Identify sources of behavioral/mental health assets and their role in the pediatric population following a disaster event


Closing Remarks/Evaluations

Anne D’Angelo, MS, RN
Program Director, Finger Lakes Regional Training Center
University of Rochester Medical Center



The FLRTC is working with the Southern Tier Health Care System to purchase Pediatric Resource Kits to help support our region’s efforts to serve pediatric patients. Seminar attendees from the Western Region will be eligible to receive a Pediatric Resource Kit for their organization.  More details (including a link to apply for the kits) will be provided at the live virtual seminar.


A Certificate of Attendance for each day will be available to all attendees that complete a post-session evaluation.

This activity has been approved by NYS BEMS for a maximum of 3 EMS CME/day (max 6 EMS CME for attending both sessions).  EMS CME Core/Non-Core Credits for each session will be listed on the Certificate of Attendance.  EMS Attendees must attend the entire ½ day session to claim EMS CME.

Grant funds are available to cover the cost of CME for appropriate Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition (HEPC) attendees that work in the Western, Central New York, Capital District and Metropolitan Area Regions of NYS (excluding NYC). We ask that you only request CME if your NYS Licensed Profession requires continuing medical education for license/certification renewal. This may include physicians, mid-level providers and nurses.  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits are ONLY available for attending the live webinar session.  

ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CERTIFICATION: The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.                


Anne D’Angelo, MS, RN
Program Director, Finger Lakes Regional Training Center
University of Rochester Medical Center

Andrew Dunnick
Manager, Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness
Guthrie Corning Hospital

Tiffany Fabiano, MS, CPNP
Pediatric Trauma Program Manager and Seminar Planning Committee Co-Chair
John R. Oishei Children's Hospital

Danielle Moran, RN, BSN
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Cuba Memorial Hospital

Deborah S. Palumbos
FL Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Healthcare Association of Western & Central New York

Lynn M. Sigeti
WNY Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Healthcare Association of Western & Central New York

Eileen Spezio
Senior Administrative Assistant, Finger Lakes Regional Training Center
University of Rochester Medical Center

Lauren Wittman, RN, BSN, CCRN-CMC
Pediatric Trauma Program Manager
University of Rochester Medical Center - Kessler Trauma Center


This seminar series has been partially funded through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the 2021-2022 New York State Department of Health Office of Health Emergency Preparedness awarded to the University of Rochester Medical Center - Finger Lakes Regional Training Center.


Only If You are Claiming CME Credits:

CME Guide - instructions for claiming credit and printing CME certificate