About the Pediatric Emergency Services Unit
The development of the CHaD Pediatric Emergency Services Unit marks a significant advance in the way that pediatric emergency cases are treated in the region. DHMC is the only health care facility in New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine to feature an American College of Surgeons-verified Pediatric Trauma Center, and is one of only two hospitals in New Hampshire to have a dedicated Emergency Department (ED) space for pediatric patients.
The newly renovated space underscores the concept that children are not simply "little adults" and require special care, equipment and medication. CHaD's Pediatric Emergency Services Unit features "Broselow" carts that contain color-coded resuscitation equipment, ensuring that children are treated appropriately for their size and weight. Each pediatric treatment room is equipped with monitors with special features for young patients, pediatric airway supplies, and bedside carts with appropriately sized IV/blood draw and other frequently used equipment.
In addition to specialized supplies, the space itself is designed to put children at ease during what can be a very scary process. The new rooms are located on a separate corridor for improved flow and efficiency, while keeping children separate from adult patients yet still offering easy access to all Emergency Department resources. There are three state-of-the-art pediatric treatment rooms, each equipped with TV/DVD players and age-appropriate DVDs supplied by CHaD's Child Life Program. Bathrooms are attached to two of the pediatric rooms, so children don't need to walk through the halls of the ED. There's also a nutrition and medication station with a pediatric focus, and an adjacent workroom where physicians, nurses and other team members can work collaboratively.
In addition, the staff of CHaD's Pediatric Emergency Services Unit includes teams of physicians, nurses, technicians, and others who are specially trained to care for pediatric patients and support their families. A pediatric emergency medicine physician is there to provide care during high-volume evening and weekend hours. CHaD practices an evidence-based approach to pediatric illnesses and injuries, and ongoing training and education assures that all team members are up-to-date with their skills. Maia Rutman, M.D., Medical Director of the CHaD Pediatric Emergency Services Unit, is fellowship-trained and board-certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and residency-trained and board-certified in Pediatrics.