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The PedFACTs course is designed to help those who care for young children provide pediatric first aid to a child who suddenly becomes ill or injured.​

All caregivers need to know what to do for minor injuries as well as for emergency situations. In this course, we use the term caregivers to include child care providers, teachers, school nurses, relatives, and others who care for children. Usually first aid involves simple, commonsense procedures. First aid is intended to keep the child's medical condition from becoming worse. It does not take the place of proper medical treatment. In some situations, caregivers may need to provide first aid until emergency medical services (EMS), a medical provider, or the parent/guardian assumes responsibility for the child's medical care.

After participating in the PedFACTs course, students will be better able to:

  • Apply the 4Cs of Pediatric First Aid to medical situations

  • Recognize an ill or injured child

  • Identify specific types of medical problems and give appropriate first aid care

  • Know when to call EMS

  • Know how to do CPR

  • Know what to do when a child is choking

  • Understand what an automated external defibrillator (AED) does and how to use one

  • Know what to do when a child is choking

  • Give rescue medication​

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