8/24/2011 3:00:00 AM EASTERN
Updated: 8/24/2011 2:11:28 PM EASTERN
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IVCH Emergency Department Gains State Recognition
The emergency department at Illinois Valley Community Hospital is now EDAP-approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

EDAP—an acronym for Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics—is a designation the state awards hospital emergency departments that meet a set of defined standards for providing comprehensive emergency care to seriously ill and injured children. The requirements include:

• Twenty-four-hour-a-day coverage by board-certified emergency medicine physicians who have each had at least 30 hours of continuing education in pediatric emergencies;
• Having a nursing staff specially trained in the emergency care of children; specifically, making sure each emergency room nurse has at least 16 hours of continuing education in pediatric emergencies;
• Availability of essential pediatric equipment, supplies and medication;
• Protocols in place for the treatment of abused children, critically ill and injured children and children requiring transfer to a specialized care center.

EDAP recognition was granted to IVCH following a site visit from the staff of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Division of Emergency Medical Services for Children.

Paul Bonucci, MD, is the medical director of the IVCH emergency department, which has 10 exam rooms and a staff of more than 30 physicians, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Jim Kozak, RN, is the department’s nurse manager.