Martin County Fire Rescue (MCFR) has concluded a year-long project to upgrade their pediatric response with the incorporation of the Handtevy Pediatric System. MCFR join the ranks of agencies such as Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Miami Dade Fire Rescue, Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line currently using the Handtevy system. This initiative was made possible through a generous donation from the Martin County Firefighters and Paramedics, Local 2959.
The Handtevy Pediatric System will ensure that the highest quality care is delivered by Martin County Fire Rescue paramedics to children in Martin County. Traditional emergency protocols use complex algorithms to calculate medication dosages. The calculation of pediatric dosing, especially in emergency situations with very small doses, can be difficult. According to studies, medication errors occur in almost 35% of the pediatric patients treated in the United States. The Handtevy system is an age-based pediatric resuscitation system that helps EMS professionals determine how much medication a child needs in an emergency, based on age and weight.
The donation from Local 2959 allowed for full implementation of the Handtevy System to include a customized quick reference guide on every Martin County Fire Rescue response vehicle, a color-coded bag with emergency equipment for each age group and a customized application for smartphones and tablets. In addition, the app seamlessly integrates with ImageTrend, MCFR’s patient care reporting system.
MCFR pediatric protocols have been reviewed by Dr. Mike Ferraro, medical director for Martin County Fire Rescue, pediatric emergency physician Dr. Peter Antevy and a pediatric pharmacist at Pediatric Emergency Standards, developers of the Handtevy Pediatric System, to ensure they meet or exceed national standards.