Sutter Nurses Prepare for Dedicated Emergency Room for Children

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 | 0 comments

It’s fun and informative, but it’s no child’s play. Dr. Paul Walsh, medical director of the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Pediatric Emergency Department, has begun teaching children’s emergency care to nurses in the new peds emergency room that will open on Aug. 8 in the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion — the new name for Sutter General Hospital.

In one recent session in a Sutter General Hospital Emergency Department bay, nine nurses were gathered around a life-sized mannequin that appropriately squeals, grunts and even screams with each intervention by a nurse or physician as the team assesses the patient’s condition. Monitors engaged, clinical values blurted and equipment directives are all given with authority. Add a crying mother, a distraught father and the elevation of tension that comes with many emergent situations.

Along with California State University, Sacramento nursing program professor Dr. Debra Brady, Dr. Walsh expertly leads these nurses on how to stabilize and treat youngsters landing in the new peds E.D. This is one of a full complement of training modules that Dr. Walsh has implemented now and in the near future.

Dr. Walsh was named medical director of the peds E.D. last year in anticipation of the opening of the dedicated SMCS Pediatric Emergency Department. When it opens, the peds E.D. will have its own waiting room and dedicated pediatric staff trained in treating children up to age 18.

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Anderson Lucchetti Women's and Children's Center, Buildings, Sutter General Hospital/Ose Adams Medical Pavilion, Technology | 0 comments

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