Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Handtevy™ System based on age or length?
The Handtevy™ System is based on BOTH age and length. Studies have shown that age based weight determination is statistically equivalent to length based methods.  The Handtevy system provides you with both options, yet recommends an age-first process, reserving the Handtevy length-based tape for specific circumstances.  This key piece allows providers to begin their treatment plan prior to patient contact. Having critical dosing information in advance of being at the child’s side is of enormous value.
Does the Handtevy™ System comply with PALS guidelines?
The Handtevy System is 100% compliant with PALS recommendations as it follows the recommendation of having a length based tape.  Furthermore, the Handtevy team of EMS and pediatric emergency medicine experts will assist EMS and hospital systems to remain compliant with the most current evidence based recommendations.
What should be done for a child who is overweight?
Ideal body weight is recommended for pediatric medication dosing because most medications used in resuscitation are distributed through the total body water (TBW) rather than the fat. A 30 kg two year old whose ideal body weight is 15 kg would best be treated by basing medications on a 15 kg weight (Ideal body weight). PALS recommends using ideal body weight for resuscitation as well. Drugs that are distributed through the body fat should be based on actual body weight (ABW). Examples of drugs distributed through fat are amiodarone and succinylcholine.  This is all covered in the Handtevy Pediatric Course.
What should be done for a child who is smaller or larger than their stated age?
Length based resuscitation is recommended for children who appear significantly smaller or larger than their stated age. For example if a 2-year-old measures to the 4-year-old zone on the Handtevy™ Tape, use the 4-year-old equipment pouch and the 4-year-old medication page.  This same process is recommended for children whose age is unknown or if the provider is uncomfortable with the accuracy of the child’s stated age.
What is the time commitment required to implement the Handtevy System at my agency or Hospital
Implementation of the Handtevy System requires a 4 hour time commitment and is accomplished by using the CAPCE approved Handtevy Provider Course.  The course can be taught at no additional cost to the agency by a Handtevy Certified Instructor (instructor courses available in select regions).
Handtevy Mobile Customization Process
How do I customize my Handtevy Mobile application?
Once you join the Handtevy family, you will receive an electronic questionairre to help our team begin to build your customized Handtevy App.  Our clinical team of experts will then set up a virtual meeting to review and refine the selected medications, concentrations, drips, electrical and equipment.  The customization process is what makes the Handtevy System so unique and our process is very detailed.  It is this type of attention that will lead to a successful launch and ulitmately to more lives saved.
Can Handtevy help me if I am not comfortable in emergency pediatrics and need help customizing?
Of course…that’s what we do!  The Handtevy clinical team consists of pediatric physicians, nurses, pharmacists and paramedics.  Every customer will speak to a clinical team member during the customization process.  We are extremely responsive to your needs and only focus on the emergency care of pediatric patients – It’s what we do!
What if I need to update my Handtevy Mobile account?
Updating Handtevy Mobile is easy.  Simply access your Handtevy Medication Management Software account and make the update.  The update will then go through the Handtevy clinical process for approval.  Once approved by all parties, the update will go live within 24 hours.
Is there data on the Handtevy System?
Yes.  You can review the peer reviewed research as well as the recent abstracts related to the Handtevy System in the resources tab above.  Researchers in Denver published their findings in Pre-hospital Emergency Care in 2016 which showed a 3-fold reduction in errors when using the Handtevy System.  Furthermore, In a post-participation survey, the majority of study participants (91%) indicated that they preferred the Handtevy System. The majority also perceived the Handtevy System as easier (98%), faster (91%), and more accurate (88.2%).  Exciting outcome data is being presented this year at ACEP and the AHA conference in Anaheim.
Handtevy Mobile
How do I download Handtevy Mobile to my Agency's platform?
Handtevy Mobile is an App that can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play or the Window store.  Whether it’s a toughbook, tablet or personal device, once the App is downloaded to the device it’s ready to use.  You only need a username and password to get started (obtain this from the Handtevy Administrator at your EMS Agency).  Hospitals using Cerner and Epic will soon have access to the Handtevy Mobile Application (In development).
Can I purchase the Handtevy Mobile for my personal device?
Handtevy Mobile is an enterprise application and not intended for purchase by an individual.  Once you have been granted access to Handtevy Mobile it can be used on any personal device (with the permission of the agency or hospital).  Each Handtevy Mobile account is customized to agency protocols or hospital formularies and approved for use by administration.
How does Handtevy Mobile App handle security for the data transmitted to Handtevy Cloud?
Data exchanged between Handtevy Mobile and Handtevy Cloud Services is transmitted securely using protocol TLS 1.2. Transmitted data is encrypted using a RSA 2048 bits key and SHA256withRSA algorithm. Data stored by Handtevy Cloud Services is encrypted using the industry standard AES-256 encryption algorithm.
What do I do if I forgot my username/password?
Your department administers access internally. Please contact your department’s administrator to receive login credentials. They will be able to provide username and password to install the Handtevy Mobile App.
Handtevy Courses
How do I become a Certified Handtevy Instructor?
Handtevy Pediatric Pre-hospital Instructor Courses are held at select locations throughout the country.  The CAPCE approved 8-hour course costs $299.00 and provides a 2-year certification.
How is the hospital system different from the prehospital system?
The hospital system is configured specifically for the code scenario in the emergency department, operating room, radiology or on the pediatric ward.  The customized medication books have a longer list of medications, equipment and infusions – all tailored to that specific hospital in concert with their in-patient pharmacy.  The Handtevy Hospital Course is focused on team dynamics, crew resource management principles and communication with the goals of patient safety, error reduction and team confidence.
What other systems (EMS and Hospital) are using the Handtevy System?
Large and small EMS agencies in all 50 States are using the Handtevy System.  The largest HEMS agencies in the country use Handtevy as well. Hospitals such as the Cleveland Clinic (Ohio), Denver Health (Colorado) and Memorial Health System (Florida) are using Handtevy with great success. Let us put you in touch with an agency or hospital in your area or one of comparable size and designation. Our best referrals are current Handtevy users.
How can I get a more in-depth understanding of the Handtevy System?
Give us a call and speak to one of our amazing team members.  A webinar presentation for your team is a good place to start. Click the link above (request a demo) or call us at 954-944-1114 and we’d be happy to talk about improving the care for sick and injured children in your community.
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DISCLAIMER: Pediatric Emergency Standards Inc. does not make clinical or medical decisions.  The Handtevy System is intended to be utilized as a guide only.  Provider's experience and training should be the final determinant of clinical treatment decisions.