COVID-19 Webinar, including pediatric discussion, with Paramedic Chiefs of Canada on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

COVID-19 Webinar, including pediatric discussion, with Paramedic Chiefs of Canada on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

This Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC) webinar is presented in conjunction with the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED), and FirstWatch.

View Webinar Recording

View Webinar Slides (PDF Format)

Additional Resources Mentioned During the Webinar:

COVID-19 Update 2/25/20

Questions and Answers


This webinar was the 3rd COVID-19 webinar and provided an update on COVID-19, specifically as it relates to emergency call centers, paramedic and EMS services, and other responders.

Also presented, the pediatric implications and potential EMS system impacts to support advanced planning.  Like most disaster pre-planning there is little guidance and experience in this area because pre-planning for children is not considered.  In contrast communities are very concerned about their children even though the risk at this time appears to be low in terms of severity of illness.

Just think if the first transport presented in the first webinar was not an adult but a 2 year old.  How would that scenario been changed? PPE, patient assessment, parent accompanying, destination, EMS provider reactions and behavioral health, etc.


Co-facilitators: Kyle Sereda and Ken Luciak

Webinar facilitation and FirstWatch SitRep: Todd Stout


– Silvia Verdugo, MD, MPH, Medical Advisor – FirstWatch
– Pam Farber, RN, EMT-P, Public Health Advisor – FirstWatch

Guest Speaker(s) will share their perspective of Pediatrics and COVID-19.

-Patricia Frost, RN, MS, PHN, PNP, Vice Chair National Pediatric Disaster Coalition

Patricia Frost

Patricia Frost, has served as the EMS Director since 2011 and EMS for Children Program Coordinator since 2006 with Contra Costa County Emergency Medical Services in California.  She is Vice Chair of the National Pediatric Disaster Coalition dedicated to assuring every community has the tools and resources needed to enhance disaster readiness for children.

Pat received her BSN from the University of San Francisco in 1977, her MSN in 1983 and her Post-Master’s PNP in 1995 from the University of California in San Francisco.  Prior to move to Contra Costa EMS she served over 30 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner and clinical educator at Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care and Transport Nurse at Children’s Hospital at Oakland.  Pat is adjunct Faculty for FEMA Mgt 439 Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness and acts as a Pediatric and EMS Disaster Subject Matter Expert for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange (TRACIE) and the National EMS for Children Innovation and Improvement Center Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative.

Date and Time Presented:
Session date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Start time:  10:30am Pacific / 1:30pm Eastern
Duration: 1 hour

For further information visit:

Paramedic Chiefs of Canada: ‘Coronavirus’ – Emerging Infections Disease page

Additional information related to 9-1-1 call-taking can be found at the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch: Novel Coronavirus page

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