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UC Davis, Sac Fire Join Forces To Research Better Medical Treatment For Kids

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UC Davis and the Sacramento Fire Department have joined forces to research ways to provide better medical treatment to children.

Deputy Chief Chad Augustin is with the fire department and says injury prevention is a goal.

"We're looking at data. We scrub all the protected health information. We look at injury. We look at illness. We look at demographics and we try to find a cause to move forward with preventing the next injury or illness." 

Dr. Daniel Nishijima is an associate professor with UC Davis Medical Center. He hopes the partnership will lead to better treatment.

"We'll be able to study a number of different things such as children with severe trauma, respiratory problems, seizures that don't stop.  All of these disease processes require acute intervention in the field." and participating in the consortium really gives us the opportunities to improve on the way we deliver care." 

There are six research nodes of this kind nationwide under a federally-funded Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network or PECARN   program overseen by the University of Utah.

According to the Sacramento Fire Department, three million children nationwide are first treated by medics or firefighters before they are taken to the hospital.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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