POPCoRN: Pediatric Overflow Planning Contingency Response Network

 

Pediatricians have worn a number of hats throughout the years: physician, advocate, social worker, care coordinator, and educator. Now, in the age of COVID-19, to help safely offload the surging adult population, pediatricians are being asked to wear another hat: internist. To help with this seemingly daunting task, Med-Peds physicians and Ohio AAP Fellow Dr. Ashley Jenkins along with Dr. Leah Ratner founded POPCoRN: Pediatric Overflow Planning Contingency Response Network.

POPCoRN aims to coordinate a national response to safely increase the capacity of pediatric facilities to care for adult patients. Their mission is for pediatric providers and healthy systems to have access to educational tools and a supportive community while caring for adult patients. This rapidly growing multi-institution collaborative network has over 300 contributors, composed of medical students, residents, fellows, advanced practice providers, and internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, and Med-Peds physicians.

POPCoRN’s organizational structure reflects the growing needs of clinicians nationally. There are separate workgroups for community, integrated, and free-standing children’s hospitals, each dedicated to supporting and generating materials for their specific health system context. The Educational Materials Workgroup collates and develops high-yield resources for clinical providers while the Equity workgroup ensures POPCoRN’s commitment to advancing health equity, structural competency, and cultural humility, by actively engaging with under-resourced facilities and organizations serving vulnerable populations. Many Ohio AAP members and fellows have joined the network over the past 3 weeks and are using the resources to prepare themselves in case they are called on to care for adult patients.

How POPCoRN can help Ohio AAP members learn adult medicine:

POPCoRN has developed and collated educational material to support providers s in safely caring for adult patients. These resources include one pagers on high-yield adult medicine topics and critical care basics for non-intensivists. Additionally, the network offers interactive web-based education sessions, including an “ACLS Primer” course. A similar nursing curriculum is being developed for pediatric nurses who are called on to care for adult patients and the network is working to collaborate with occupational, physical, and respiratory therapists as well. The Education Materials committee is working with podcasts to share educational information. POPCoRN and Ohio AAP member Dr. Vignesh Doraiswamy led a “Crash Course in Adult Inpatient Medicine” for the “PHM from Pittsburgh Podcast.”

How can POPCoRN help Ohio AAP members with operational procedures: POPCoRN has collated processes and protocols by hospital type (Community, Integrated/Mixed, Free-standing) and generated one-pagers covering common clinical, educational, and operational problems and solutions by hospital type. Given the rapidly changing nature of this pandemic, these documents continue to evolve to support systems that are currently providing care for adult patients as well as those that are in the planning stages.

POPCoRN hopes to be pandemic-responsive for all facilities, especially those serving our most marginalized communities. Please continue to reach out how we can better expand our reach and response.

To learn more about POPCoRN or to join the network, please visit their website and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.


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