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David Wright, MS, PA-C, NREMT-P

David Wright, MS, PA-C, NREMT-P, is a physician assistant at Washington University in St. Louis working in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He is a former paramedic who has worked in a busy 911 response service, hospital emergency rooms, and as a flight paramedic. He also currently holds certifications as a Nationally Registered Paramedic, TEMS, EMS Instructor, Clinical Simulation Instructor, Firefighter I & II and Hazmat Operations. His passions include EMS education, clinical simulation and furthering the EMS profession.

Use this guide to determine when to activate air EMS and transport to a level 1 burn center
5 PA highlights: The practical application for physician assistants
Reviewing the pediatric evidence for stay and play or load and go
The most important initial care step is to stop the burning process, but it’s also critical to know how to identify the type of burn and estimate the total area affected to help select the most appropriate destination for the patient
Test your knowledge on the various types of burns you may encounter and how to manage them
EMS clinicians are in a unique position to provide proactive education to patients as the only subset of clinicians that enter their homes
A detailed patient history and physical examination inform this diagnosis of exclusion after a brief resolved unexplained event (BRUE)
Ask the right questions, watch for symptoms that could point to bronchiolitis over pediatric asthma and treat accordingly