TMH doctors, nurses take class on pediatric life support, trauma

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Educating local physicians and nurses on how to better treat children was the goal of Fidel Garcia Wednesday and Thursday at The Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Craig.

Garcia, an emergency medical services curriculum coordinator from St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, taught a pediatric life support class. The class shows care givers how to treat children, especially those with severe trauma.

"Smaller areas like (Craig) do not see a lot of pediatric cases," said Garcia, who has 18 years of health education experience. "This class gives (physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians) a better comfort level when taking care of pediatric patients."

Garcia and his crew from St. Mary's paramedics and nurses arrived with plenty of equipment designed to simulate a pediatric emergency.

Half of the day was spent on instruction while the other half was hands-on learning. The classes Garcia instructs can also serve as a certification course for physicians. It is recommended that physicians take the class, although it is not required.

The pediatric education crew travels throughout the region and has been visiting Craig for the last five years. Garcia wants to travel to Craig at least five or six more times in 2000.

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